Sent to the Washington Post, June 20, 2014
According to "Field test of Common Core exams went well, officials say," (June 19), the "field-testing" was largely about how students react to online testing and what testing experts call "item-analysis," which means eliminating tricky items. These are low-level aspect of field-testing.
There is no indication that the big questions will be asked now or ever: Is all this testing, the largest investment in testing ever made, worth it? Will it improve student achievement?
Original article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/field-test-of-common-core-exams-went-well-officials-say/2014/06/19/01aaa29e-f7e0-11e3-a606-946fd632f9f1_story.html