Liberal writer: Common Core is setting Americans up for failure


WASHINGTON, D.C. – There’s a misperception among some journalists and lawmakers that opponents of the Common Core learning standards are all Tea Party activists and right-wing cranks.

A new essay published in the Washington Post proves that’s not the case.

Essayist Jeff Bryant, who writes for the left-wing Campaign for America’s Future, explains that many public school apologists are worried the new Common Core-aligned standardized tests are setting America’s school children – and by extension teachers and principals – up for failure.

Bryant’s argument focuses on New York, one of only two states that have already begun testing students on the new math and English standards (Kentucky is the other).

New York’s inaugural test scores were announced recently, and by all accounts they are a complete disaster.  Bryant cites those scores as proof of the damage Common Core tests will cause all across the U.S. when they take full effect in 2014.

“Earlier this year, students in New York state public schools took statewide exams aligned to the celebrated Common Core State Standards that are rolling out in most states in the nation,” Bryant writes. “The results recently came in, and it’s obvious, given the numbers of students who failed the tests, that the students were about as well prepared for their tests as I had been for the tests of my nightmares.”

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