Essay about Common Core State Standards Initiative

1429 Words Dec 29th, 2015 6 Pages
According to Common Core State Standards Initiative (2015), “The Common Core is a set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA). These learning goals outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade.” But these standards do not teach students in a way that they learn what they need to for real life. It teaches them how to pass tests so our country can be competitive with other countries. Common Core pushes the agendas of the government instead of pushing students to learn useful information that will help them in the real world. Common Core standards are not helping education, is not good for teachers or students, and pulls the focus away from learning.

The purpose of Common Core State Standards is to prepare students for a competitive global economy and for college. The tests are internationally benchmarked, meaning employers, college admissions, and international staticians have something to compare students by. But research shows that this is not a fair test of one’s knowledge (Edelstein).

There are some positives to the system. The tests are globally benchmarked, meaning that our students will compare to other countries favorably. But there is no proof that the tests will do this. It does gives schools an opportunity to compare to other schools, or for colleges to compare different applicants. It can be seen as a way to help students prepare for college. The tests will lower the…

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