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NY parents were told their children (as young as 8) were taking a test that would measure college/career readiness.  At the same time, Bill Gates and his gang of reformers paraded the Common Core as the path to college/career readiness.  The visions seemed aligned, right until NY unveiled its translation of the Common Core through its high-stakes tests.

Out of the 83 combinations of Common Core Standards (ELA 3rd grade http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy ), NYS only choose to test only15% of them http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/ei/itemmaps/ccela-13/ccela3imrev.pdf .  This leaves teachers, administrators, parents, students and colleges/careers wondering if these 15% can truly be the measure of college/career readiness.

Perhaps one day it is possible for one test to accurately measure a child’s ability.  It is clear; we do not have that capability today.  Pretending that these tests accomplish all that King and the Regents claim only detracts us from finding the solution.  PARCC and Smarter Balance’s attempt to move more of the same online is not the answer our children and the future of this country need.

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