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[Susan notes: Short and to the point. If newspapers and other media got thousands of such messages, they might get the point.]

Published in Los Angeles Times
02/06/2013

To the editor

The Times is correct to insist on 'evidence-based, replicated, time-tested educational change' ( Education miracles that aren't, Feb. 6).

Let's add the Common Core Standards to the list of unsupported claims. There is no evidence that 'rigorous' standards and massive testing improve student learning.

Some sources:
Nichols, S., Glass, G., and Berliner, D. 2006. High-stakes testing and student achievement: Does accountability increase student learning? Education Policy Archives 14(1). http://epaa.asu.edu/epaa/v14n1/.

OECD 2011. Lessons from PISA for the United States, Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education, OECD Publishing. http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/9789264096660-en

Tienken, C., 2011. Common core standards: An example of data-less decision-making. Journal of Scholarship and Practice. American Association of School Administrators [AASA], 7(4): 3-18. http://www.aasa.org/jsp.aspx.

Stephen Krashen, professor emeritus, USC


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