It’s an open secret among the education community that standardized tests are not prepared by educators; that some of the test questions are often too difficult by two or three years beyond the age group for which the test is intended; and that last year in the state of New York, they resulted in a failure rate of 70 percent.
According to Diane Ravitch, America’s premiere education historian, the problem with the Common Core standards embodied in standardized testing is that they were written in a way that violates well-established nationally and internationally recognized canons of setting standards and are so fundamentally flawed that these “standards” have no legitimacy whatsoever.
These standards were developed in secrecy by a small group of people, most of whom were from testing companies, and few, if any, experienced classroom teachers, subject-area experts, early-childhood educators or teachers of children with disabilities. Nor were these standards field-tested; nor is there any process for appealing or revising poor test questions.
Created in 2009, the Common Core standards were offered on a take-it-or-leave-it basis and hurriedly adopted one year later by 45 cash-strapped states in order to be eligible for Race to the Top federal grant money.