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Common Core Affects Instruction, Not Scores, New Report Says

Common Core Affects Instruction, Not Scores, New Report Says

A new report from the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings used data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress to conclude that while Common Core affects reading and math instruction, it does not affect test scores.

The report, titled "How well are American students learning?” found that while Common Core has significantly changed math standards, the results have not been the positive improvements expected.

“...fewer eighth grade students are enrolling in advanced math courses related to specific strands; from 2013 to 2015, enrollment in advanced math for those students declined five percent in states adopting Common Core,” said eSchoolNews.

"Report author Tom Loveless also looked at whether CCSS implementation had really depressed NAEP test scores in 2015, as has been charged,” the article said.

"But implementation status wasn’t found to impact the scores one way or the other.”

“In general, scores were down across the board, regardless of CCSS status. The report concludes, 'Whatever is depressing NAEP scores appears to be more general than the impact of one set of standards or another.’”

In other words, while Common Core Standards may not be dragging scores down, they do not appear to be increasing achievement, either.

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Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor

3/24/2016

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