Common Core Disorder Hits the Burbs
-Sudden or gradual loss of passion for school
-Loss of interest in school or learning
-Learned resistance to reading
-Sudden drop in confidence
-Makes statements such as, "I am basic," or "I am below basic."
-Sadness or anger towards school or learning
If so, your child may be suffering from what is widely being referred to as Common Core Disorder. Common Core Disorder is affecting children in grades K-12 in states that have adopted the National Common Core Standards (such as New York State) or adapted them and created their own (such as the Pennsylvania Common Core State Standards).
In this open letter to parents of children throughout New York State, New York State Principals announce, "Your child is so much more than a test score, and we know it."
Wow. That is the kind of straight shooting we need around here. Everyone knows that New York State used to really value their tests. When I was a kid I felt badly that my friends from NY had to take Regent Exams. But they did, and no one seemed to suffer from Regents Disorder...
The principals say, "Testing Has Increased Dramatically: We know that our students are spending more time taking State tests than ever before. Since 2010, the amount of time spent on average taking the 3-8 ELA and Math tests has increased by a whopping 128%! The increase has been particularly hard on our younger students, with third graders seeing an increase of 163%!"
I'd say my kids have been hit especially hard here in Pennsylvania in grades 3, 5, and 8. And now with the Keystone Graduation Exams, all of high school seems to be one big, stressful series of high stakes standardized tests.