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Old 04-18-2014, 01:00 PM
Location: Cary, NC
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Interesting to hear opinions on Common Core Testing which is starting up again soon for all public schools soon in May. All around the country parents and educators are very upset about it, but in this area the push back does not seem as strong, which to me is very surprising, with the importance of education here.

Many states are pulling back and changing it totally. It was pushed through by the Federal Government and large corporations to make money on the backs of children and families. The most important parts of the educational process teachers, parents, and students were not even involved in the process at all. It was not benchmarked or tested and test scores in New York and Kentucky dropped to a 31% passing rate after the 1st year of testing. Education control should be at a local level and this takes it out of the hands of the most important people in the process unfortunately.
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Old 04-18-2014, 01:41 PM
Location: Containment Area for Relocated Yankees
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Yeah. Those people in NY must be pissssssed about the high taxes they're paying for (what they now know is) a bad education.

Seriously though, people around here do talk about it and gripe about it. But most people around here are smart enough to realize that it's not the Common Core that's the problem. It's the way they assess whether the students have learned the material that's the problem.
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Old 04-18-2014, 02:07 PM
Location: under the beautiful Carolina blue
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common Core is implemented differently everywhere. I've heard of some real doozies as far as how kids are being taught to do things. In all honestly, I didn't see much difference between what my DD learned last year in 3rd grade, and what her brothers had learned in 3rd grade when we lived in NY - nor any difference in implementing the curriculum.

The boys had 4th grade here and while there were some changes to curriculum, there's - again - not much that's different.

The tests are different - I can see it when she does her Study Island homework. A lot less multiple choice and a lot more "fill in the blank" - I'm sure that's a problem for many young kids.

Honestly, in NY, where housing values are tied VERY closely to school performance, it's no surprise people are up in arms. It's less about what the kids are learning and more about how their schools look on paper. My old house in NY, if you picked it up and moved it en masse to the next town over, would literally be worth less than half what we sold it for. The school district we lived in? One of the top in NYS. The other one? One of the worst. But that town still has sky high taxes even though you wouldn't walk the streets at night. I'm talking $10K a year for a gang and drug infested HS the likes of which doesn't even exist here.
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