Last week Sandra Stotsky testified before the Kansas House Education Committee urging Kansas to avoid adopting Common Core Standards. I was surprised to learn this:
Common Core’s college-readiness standards are chiefly empty skills. Skills training alone doesn’t prepare students for college. High school students need to be taught how to read complex literary texts in order to do “critical thinking.”
And also this:
Common Core’s standards cannot be changed:The two organizations that developed Common Core’s standards have copyrighted their documents. States that have adopted Common Core’s standards cannot change one word of the standards in them, even if their teachers find the standards confusing, placed at inappropriate levels, or poorly written. States can add up to 15% of their own standards but must assess this 15% themselves.
Here is her testimony.