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From reading articles and books dedicated to the standardized test to articles and books about achievement, I have learned that education scholars, psychologists, and teachers in the field all agree about one thing: high-stakes testing and common standards are not helping to close the achievement gap. This is from the Washington Post article, which cites a brief written in February of 2016, about Common Core .

Although proponents argue that the CCSS promotes critical thinking skills and student-centered learning (instead of rote learning), research demonstrates that imposed standards, when linked with high-stakes testing, not only deprofessionalizes teaching  and narrows the curriculum,  but in so doing, also reduces the quality of education and student learning, engagement, and success. The impact is also on student psychological well-being: Without an understanding that the scores have not been proven to be valid or fair for determining proficiency or college readiness, students and their parents are likely to internalize failing labels with corresponding beliefs about academic potential.

This is research based and has been the sentiment of teachers across Duval, many of whom have been teaching for decades and have seen first-hand the differences in the way children are responding to school. My daughter, who is also majoring in Education, has told me it was not this bad when she was in school and she is a NCLB/FCAT cohort. My son is in 4th grade and I have noticed the difference between mine, my daughters and his education, I can honestly say the system has not improved.

The full story with a link to the brief can be found here


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