Monday, July 02, 2012

Student Achievement Partners' Veil of Competency

The thing about Student Achievement Partner's lousy examples of how Common Core ELA is supposed to work (examples here, here, here, here, here) is that ultimately they say more about Student Achievement Partners' competence than the standards themselves.

For example, if in yesterday's example, they had simply continued onto reading standard eight -- or applied it in their own reading of the text -- everything should have been fine:

Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced.

Anyhow, Student Achievement Partners seems to simply lack any real expertise in English Language Arts instruction, particularly beyond the elementary school level. They seem to lack even a interest in ELA instruction beyond a couple of hobby horses (text complexity, text-based questions, writing arguments). I wouldn't be surprised if all these exemplars were written by interns.

What's really disturbing is that nobody else seems to notice. Is everyone trapped in David Coleman's reality distortion field?

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