These are not the tests we took as children. These are tests designed to produce massive failure rates and propel a harmful agenda.  Take a look at the two 3rd grade samples currently posted on engageNY:


On the left (pre- Common Core 2005) is A Winter Surprise.  The readability average through multiple measures is a very reasonable grade equivalent of 3.8.

Readability Formula Grade
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level 1.8
Gunning-Fog Score 4.4
Coleman-Liau Index 7.9
SMOG Index 4.4
Automated Readability Index 0.5
Average Grade Level 3.8


On the right (Common Core aligned) is The Grey Hare.  The readability average through multiple measures is a very unreasonable grade equivalent of 7.3 

Readability Formula Grade
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level 6.2
Gunning-Fog Score 8.6
Coleman-Liau Index 9.1
SMOG Index 4.8
Automated Readability Index 7.6
Average Grade Level 7.3

The grade level equivalent of the test questions is another matter altogether.  Most questions are 2-3 grade levels above the grade being tested as shown here.  You would never assess a 3rd grade student or their teacher by using 7th and 8th grade ELA/math questions, but that is exactly what the Common Core tests do.

Every student loves a challenge, but unless they can read 300 words per minute, it is not a challenge students will ever meet.  Read here for the breakdown. 

And last but not least,  look at the length of these exams.  They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but in this case it is almost worth 1,000 minutes:


Join Lace to the Top because we never took these tests- why should our children?