Dr Sanford also made a firm commitment to seek PARCC test results for the committee to utilize as part of their standards review process. I had pointed out in my public statement to the committee that reviewing the curriculum standards without the benefit of the half million test results from the Spring 2015 testing was like asking a mechanic to fine tune a complex engine without access to the computer diagnostics for that engine.
On the negative side, there are major problems with the conduct of the standards rewrite.
- The time available for the committees to work on the standards is extremely limited because of the pressure to implement in time to allow Spring 2016 testing. In my opinion there is no way that significant changes can be made no matter how dedicated the reviewers may be. As discussed in my previous post, the insane testing mandate is the tail wagging the dog.
- The public input portal for the submission of suggestions to the committee do not allow much flexibility for parents and teachers to introduce innovative ideas that conflict significantly with the present Common Core standards. Most responses indicated that most of the standards should remain as they are.
- The basic concepts guiding the Common Core are automatically being used as a starting point to produce the new standards. This process is not conducive to change.
- As of now, the committee has no data on the effectiveness of the present standards because the results of the 2015 testing have not yet been released by the LDOE.