According to Sandra Stotsky, one of five members of the Common Core Validation Committee who refused to validate the standards, “The quality of the standards are my main concern. If we don’t have first-class standards, there is no reason to have standards at all.” She continues to say, “No teachers K-12 were involved in writing the standards.”
Despite claims to the contrary, “the standards are not benchmarked, and there has been no verification.”
“They are not rigorous. Their ‘college level’ is 10th grade at best.”
Stotsky continues: “In my judgment, Common Core’s standards for grades 6-12 do not reflect the core knowledge needed for authentic college-level work and do not frame the literary and cultural knowledge one would expect of graduates from an American high school.”
Jason Zimba, the lead writer for Common Core math standards, “also acknowledges that ending with the Common Core in high school could preclude students from attending elite colleges. In many cases, the Core is not aligned with the expectations at the collegiate level. If you want to take calculus your freshman year in college, you will need to take more mathematics than is in the Common Core.” (http://fightcommoncore.com/lead-writer-jason-zimba-admits-common-core-math-standards-weakness/)
Do we really want to close doors for our brightest students by adopting Common Core?
James Milgram, the only math professor on the Validation Committee, also refused to sign off on the standards. He remarks, “California, and the other states with top standards would almost certainly be better off keeping their current standards.”
Bring your questions and hear experts at the Common Core Town Hall panel discussion from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Ulatis Community Center, 1000 Ulatis Drive, Vacaville. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.