Wednesday, June 3, 2009

More on the national standards movement

My opinion on the voluntary national standards effort led by Achieve, with support by the College Board and ACT, is that it will do nothing more than push Achieve’s agenda and rubber stamp Achieve’s Common Core document from 2008.  In the table above, from Achieve, NJ 2008 math standards (these are the current NJ standards, not the Feb 2009 ridiculous draft) received very high grades from Achieve with respect to Achieve's Common Core. The scale is from 0 to 3, with 3 representing the closest alignment on each strand.  Note that NJ receives a perfect alignment in the Number Sense strand and the Data, Prob strand.  Again this alignment is based on the 2008 NJ mathematics standards NOT the Feb 2009 revisions made by NJDOE senior personnel without input from the field.

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