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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
When there are no answers, don’t show up
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Howard Schwach

“It’s very disappointing to see the leader of our state’s education department essentially hide from parents and teachers, who are so directly affected by the decisions that he makes and the rushed implementation of the Common Core,” he said.

Many parents would agree. A number of local parents, who are busy forming a group to push back against not the core standards, but the testing program and the implementation schedule, say that the state’s increased emphasis on testing has resulted in less education because more classroom time is devoted to test prep — from how to fill in bubbles to how to determine the answer to a multiple choice question. In addition, they say, the number of practice tests mandated by the state has increased rapidly, not only taking up time, but often leaving students nervous and physically ill over the prospect of failing the high stakes tests.

They ask that the common core testing be pushed off two or three years, until the skills and information necessary for success have been taught in the classroom for awhile.

Meanwhile, state officials look for another way to meet with parents about common core, presumably one that will keep special interests such as parents and teachers out of the room.

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