Weren’t National Standards/Assessments Supposed to Close the Achievement Gap?

Weren’t National Standards/Assessments Supposed to Close the Achievement Gap?

- in Grumpy Educators

It hasn’t happened: LOOK AT THE DATA or the search for ELUSIVE EQUITY

From https://edsource.org/2016/higher-test-scores-yes-but-no-narrowing-of-achievement-gaps-in-california/568467


Parents have been told for years that the achievement gap could be closed by the adoption and implementation of national standards and assessments. Do you remember these claims?

The Common Core will improve education quality for all students—particularly traditionally underserved students. Raising standards and preparing all students for college and careers will help reduce the disparities identified for low-income students, students of color, ELLs, and students with disabilities.  https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/education-k-12/reports/2014/05/19/89836/the-common-core-is-an-opportunity-for-education-equity/

Equity–All students in every state will be expected to meet the same rigorous standards, which will prepare each of them to be college and career ready. https://www.achieve.org/files/RevisedElementaryActionBrief_Final_Feb.pdf

From its inception, the Obama administration has set its sights on the unevenness of existing state standards and promoting the development, adoption, and implementation of common standards that would provide each school across the country with clearly defined markers of what students should know and be able to do at each level of their K–12 schooling[…]

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