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New York fails Common Core tests - Stephanie Simon | Politico

New York fails Common Core tests - Stephanie Simon | Politico | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Stephanie Simon

Summary by Carnegie Perspectives

 

"The political fight over the Common Core academic standards rolling out in schools nationwide this fall is sure to intensify after New York reported Wednesday that students across the state failed miserably on new reading and math tests meant to reflect the more rigorous standards. Fewer than a third of students in public schools passed the new tests, officials reported. And, in a twist that could roil education policy, some highly touted charter schools flopped particularly badly. Other states are expected to face similar reckonings next year and in 2015, as they roll out new tests aligned to Common Core. Already, Kentucky has reported high failure rates on its Common Core tests."

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Another PARCC Defection? This Time It's Florida | Tampa Bay Times

Another PARCC Defection? This Time It's Florida | Tampa Bay Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Cara Fitzpatrick

 

"Two of Florida's top elected officials sent a letter today to Education Commissioner Tony Bennett recommending that the state remove itself from testing associated with a transition to the new Common Core State Standards."

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Dominoes are falling left and right...

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Researchers See Video Games as Testing, Learning Tools | Education Week

Researchers See Video Games as Testing, Learning Tools | Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Benjamin Harold

 

"Forget No. 2 pencils, or even the new computer-based common-core exams that have schools across the country scrambling.

 

"Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are convinced the tests of the future will look like Crystals of Kaydor, a role-playing video game about aliens.

 

"Designed to measure children’s learning in real time while rewiring their brains to help them be more empathetic, Crystals offers a potentially transformative response to two cutting-edge questions now being debated in the world of testing: whether digital games can effectively blur the line between instruction and assessment and how educators can better gauge children’s social and emotional skills.

 

“Our job is to provide compelling examples of what assessments can be,” said Constance Steinkuehler, an associate professor of education and former White House policy analyst who co-directs Games+Learning+Society, a center based here that is dedicated to designing and studying video games."

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Common Assessments Hold Promise, Face Challenges, Study Finds

Common Assessments Hold Promise, Face Challenges, Study Finds | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Tests now being designed for the common standards are likely to gauge deeper levels of learning and have a major impact on classroom instruction, according to a study of the common assessments released today."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, February 3, 2013 9:56 PM

The Common Core testing is rapidly approaching and this article discusses a research paper that was just released by UCLA's National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards & Student Testing. 

They state that "the assessments hold a lot of promise for improving teacher practice and student learning" and that "the test-making projects face key financial, technical, and political challenges that could affect their success."

They also reference a variety of resources, including one new to me called the Depth of Knowledge Levels (DOK), which provides four levels (the link to the DOK is at http://dese.mo.gov/divimprove/sia/msip/DOK_Chart.pdf):

* Level One is recall

* Level Two is skill/concept

* Level Three is strategic thinking

* Level Four is extended thinking

The link to this DOK reminds me of Bloom's Taxonomy with verbs to help you understand each section as well as activities based on the level. The question that remains to be answered is if the tests being created by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium will reach these levels, and according to this report it appears that will have "the more lengthy, complex performance tasks being crafted by the two groups...seemed likely to assess skills at DOK Level 4."

The post also discusses some of the issues that remain, including cost and time of testing, cost of scoring, dealing with accomocations, and "Managing the "shock to the public and to teachers' instructional practice" that the tests' increased intellectual rigor will demand."

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, February 4, 2013 12:59 PM

How do you test creativity and innovation using "set" core standards of evaluation? Creativity and innovation require a certain amount of willingness for failure and risk taking. How does training for common core test "standards" assist that higher level goal?