Educational standardized tests are fundamentally flawed, have no legitimacy

Lauren Williams's picture
Monday, June 30, 2014

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.

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