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Saturday, April 18, 2015

A Stunning Setback for Common Core

Suddenly it's not looking good for Common Core.

In a broad-based populist uprising, parents in the state of New York this week pushed back hard on standardized testing. The tests in question are all based on Common Core.

Jaun Gonzalez writes in the New York Daily News:
At West Seneca District near Buffalo, nearly 70% of some 2,976 students refused testing. Likewise, at tiny Southold School District on Long Island’s North Fork, 60% of the 400 students opted out; so did 60% of Rockville Centre’s 1,600 pupils. And in the Westchester town of Ossining, nearly 20% of 2,100 students boycotted.

At the Patchogue-Medford School District in Suffolk County, 65% of 3,400 students in grades three to eight abstained from the test.
In Westchester, former Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino refused to allow two of his children to take the test. “Today, Sheila and I join over 100,000 parents across New York in opting our children out of the Common Core tests,” Astorino said in a statement.

The New York Daily News again:
Conservatives like Astorino have formed an unusual alliance with liberal education advocates who claim the test, developed by Pearson PLC, does nothing to help assess students.

“They’re secret, you can’t even discuss the contents of the test with anyone,” said William Cala, superintendent of Fairport Central School District outside Rochester, where 67% of students boycotted the test Tuesday.
What's interesting is that conservatives and liberals have joined together to push back on Common Core testing, which puts Hillary Clinton in a bit of a bind. While she has studiously avoided endorsing Common Core explicitly, Clinton nonetheless has praised teacher groups who support it and has indirectly endorsed Common Core as recently as last week.

Clinton's ties to teacher's unions are well known, and many teachers now have their pay tied to standardized-test outcomes, so it will be interesting to see how Hillary backpedals her way out of this one.

Clinton now has to distance herself from Common Core, or face the wrath of parents of all political stripes.

Your move, Hillary.

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