Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Stupid Common Core Tricks

One additional note on my little run through the Common Core standards for reading informational text. The point is not that those eight questions could be somewhat better, and the problem is not that other standards have eight better tasks. While this is a continuation of the way US academic standards have been trending over the past decade or so, most high-quality standards here and abroad don't have this pattern of "X tasks to perform on each text type" at all. The fundamental organization is different and intended to define the discipline as a whole in an intellectually coherent way, not as a thinly wrapped test specification.

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