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Monday, October 21, 2013

The cost of the CC$$

Sent to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 20

Poorer districts will be hit the hardest, but every district in the country will suffer financially from the common core standards. Not mentioned in "Poorer schools districts feel at a loss over new common core standards," (October 20) is the fact that the common core will require an astonishing amount of testing and the testing must be done online. 

This means that every student must be connected with the internet with up-to-date computers, a huge expense. After the computers are in place, there will be continual upgrades and replacements, as well as major changes as new technology is developed.

No evidence has been provided showing that online testing will benefit students in any way. What is clear is that online testing will help computer and testing companies who take no risk. We taxpayers pay for everything, and if student achievement declines, we will be told that we need even higher-tech tests, and we will be presented with nationaltest 2.0.

Stephen Krashen

original article at: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/education/poorer-school-districts-feel-at-a-loss-over-new-common-core-standards-708286/

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