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In the class described in "How the Common Core is Changing How Kids Learn in English Class," (Dec 16), the teacher urges students to "cite evidence" for their statements, part of the push for increased nonfiction in the schools.
Ironically, there is no scientific evidence that anyone can cite that supports the increased emphasis on for nonfiction, or, for that matter, for the common core state standards and tests. There is, however, plenty of evidence supporting the value of fiction, and an impressive amount of evidence showing that national standards and nonstop testing have no positive impact on student achievement.
Evidence for fiction: Krashen, S. 2004. The Power of Reading. Libraries Unlimited.
No evidence for national standards and nonstop testing: 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. 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.
Common core: Krashen, S. 2013. Access to books and time to read versus the common core standards and tests. English Journal 103(2): 21-39.
Ohanian, S. 2013, Woo Hoo! Occupy the schools. Daily Censored. (Feb 19, 2013) http://www.dailycensored.com/woo-hoo/