Carol Burris, Ed.D. has been the principal of South Side High School in Rockville Centre, New York since 2000. She was named the 2013 NASSP New York High School Principal of the Year and the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the New York State School Administrators Association. In addition to leading her diverse suburban high school which is renowned for giving all students challenging curriculum, Carol has authored or co-authored three books as well as numerous journal articles on equity and excellence in schools. Carol is a staunch advocate of school and classroom desegregation. At the same time, she is an outspoken opponent of many of the Race to the Top reforms, including the Common Core. Carol frequently blogs on Valerie Strausss Answersheet, which appears in the Washington Post.
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When I first read about the Common Core State Standards, I cheered.
Is the Common Core and its tests the path to college readiness? We think not.
There is no objective science by which we can predict future college readiness using grades 3-8 test scores. You can, at best make assumptions, based on correlations, with score thresholds that are capricious.
It has become clear that in New York State, the canary in the coal mine of the Common Core reforms, parents are sending a clear message by opting out.
Misinformation is part of a continuing strategy to paint a picture of American public schools as failures in order to sell the public the Common Core, charter schools and the corporate reform agenda.
I have concluded that the standards, as they are being implemented, are potentially harmful to students.
If a goal of public education is to expand the life chances of all students, why are we pursuing punitive policies and practices that push the opportunities of our most vulnerable students even further behind?
A study by the National Association of College Admission Counseling found that student college success was better predicted by high school grades than by test scores.