Tuesday, November 24, 2015

New SAT Tests Speeds Common Core : Total Government Control of Education

Is Common Core moving further and faster then anyone thought it would or could even after the push-back is beginning to be the norm around  the country?

The top down push on Common Core programs from Mr Objma seems to steam roll all other objections to his program of bringing elementary education into the fold of government control much like his progressive socialist ideology that prevails today in the university systems around the country.

The New SAT — Bringing All of Education into Alignment
By Stevi Knight

“I get asked a lot, ‘Did you hire David Coleman because he worked for Common Core?’ I’ll tell you, absolutely not.” — Douglas L. Christiansen, College Board chair
In October of 2012, College Board, the organization behind the SAT and the Advanced Placement (AP) tests, hired David Coleman as Chief Executive Officer.

Coleman is a co-founder of both Grow Network, which was acquired by McGraw-Hill Education, the leading textbook company in the United States, and Student Achievement Partners, an organization initially researching and developing standards and now used as a resource for educators working to implement Common Core standards.

In the development of the recent Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as part of the Race to the Top initiative passed by the Obama Administration in 2009, Coleman “played a leading role.” Now, Coleman is at College Board about to launch the newly revised SAT in March of 2016.
The reoccurring theme? Standardized tests to measure mastery of academic standards outlined by national administrators.

While a few colleges are moving away from requiring an SAT or ACT for applicants, for most college-bound students the SAT is a standardized hoop to jump through. However, the SAT did not begin as a national college entrance exam. Developed in 1926, the test was originally used as a screening for scholarship applicants to Ivy League schools.

The new and Coleman-improved SAT works to address the accusation that the test is “disconnected from the work of our high schools.” Gone is the quarter-point penalty for incorrect answers, and the heavy emphasis on vocabulary. Other changes include an optional essay and SAT fee waiver for eligible low-income students.

In October, President Obama encouraged capping standardized testing, in light of recent data that shows that students take 112 standardized exams throughout their pre-K-12th grade education. The administration promised to help states find ways to “satisfy federal testing requirements…in creative ways,” and some recommended using the SAT.

After all, the new version of the SAT meets Common Core standards. Perhaps soon the SAT will be more than just a regulating factor in college acceptance.  Instead, it could be the graduation determining step for students to prove their comprehension of all the Common Core standards gleaned from standardized textbooks as outlined by national education experts.

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