Saturday, September 04, 2010

Race For the Test

As I have previously predicted many times over the last five years, the push for a national test will quickly follow the passage of Common Core State Standards. That day has finally come. With a $330 million carrot dangling in front of one group of states and another consortium of states receiving $170 million, the federal government is wasting no time bribing cash-strapped states into replacing their individual state exams with one national test.
Exams in math and English would be rolled out across the country in 44 participating states for the 2014-2015 school year. When that happens, state tests that cost billions to produce would become obsolete
And once states have adopted a common national test, the next move will be toward common curriculum and a single national diploma. Not surprisingly, the foundation is already in place to introduce a credentialed national diploma by ACHIEVE. ACHIEVE is the same organization that was heavily involved with the development of Common Core State Standards. (For more info on credentialed diplomas see The Employability Olympics.) ACHIEVE was also selected as the project manager for PARCC, one of consortium of states awarded the federal funds.

This is not welcome news and in the long run spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E for homeschoolers and should be vehemently opposed by conservatives and homeschoolers. But time is quickly running out. Where are the national speakers and organizations rallying against the federal take over of education? Shouldn't this at least be as big an issue as healthcare, auto bailouts, or immigration?

Remember, what is tested is what is taught. What is taught is what is thought. Does anyone really want the thinking of DC politicians to be the thoughts of your children? Aren't our children's minds just as important as the car we drive?


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