Two Studies Find Common Core Tests Make the Grade
Ah, spring approaching: warm weather, birds chirping, and a new round of standardized tests tied to the Common Core. Since they were first rolled out three years ago, the tests have been hugely controversial. Parent-led “opt-out” movements have impacted school districts, with as many as 80 percent of students in some districts sitting out the test, with even some teacher associations supporting them.
But a new study claims that all the trouble might be worth it and that the tests are a good metric by which to measure Common Core standards. A second study cautioned, however, that there is benefit to the testing only if the pass scores are set higher.