Dumbing down?

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Article published Feb 25, 2010

A new report by the Pioneer Institute, “Why Race to the Middle?,” offers a disturbing look at the effort to establish national education standards that states will be required to adopt if they want to share in federal Race to the Top funds. The report details how a lack of public input, poor writing, misconceptions and outright errors have plagued the work of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

The report warns that CCSSI’s college and career-readiness standards are set “far below the admission requirements of almost all state colleges and universities in this country,” and could result in states such as Massachusetts, Indiana and California, which currently are national models for excellence, lowering the bar of expectations. {Read more here}

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