What common core supporters won’t tell you.

What common core supporters won’t tell you is that if we
factor out poverty then our scores on international tests zoom to the top. To
me that says, rather than blowing up the system and replacing it with an
experimental curriculum, which is what common core is, let’s put in place
things that mitigate poverty.  Wrap around
services, social workers and a longer school year would work wonders for many
of our kids.
Will common core make a hungry child full, feel safe, make
up their pre-school deficits or get parents involved? The answer to all those
questions is no. The truth is we have a poverty problem not a standards problem
and if you want more proof look at the third grade FCAT results. A fifth of our
children live in poverty and a fifth of our third graders scored a one on the
test.
Common core does a few things however. It doubles down on
high stakes testing which has sucked the joy out of education for so many students
and teachers alike and it siphons hundreds of millions out of classrooms and to
testing companies and their affiliates.
Unless we address poverty then common core is just the
latest education fad doomed to fail.

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