An online news site in Portland, Ore., recently covered a story about the local teachers union making moves to boycott testing. The story, however, misses the mark several times:
Opposition to the
high stakes testin the Common Core
curriculum, the Smarter Balanced test, has been growing among parents, teachers, and education advocates.…
Beginning March 10, Oregon students will take the Smarter Balanced test, designed to try their knowledge of the new
In 2010, Oregon was
one of the firststates to adopt the Common Core curriculum, intended to improve students’ chances of success in post-secondary education. The curriculum, which puts a heavy emphasis on demonstrated critical thinking, is adopted on a state-by-state basis, but the same tests are written nationally.
Since the author wrongly calls the Common Core State Standards a curriculum a whopping total of six times, it’s worth pointing out once again: Curriculum is the actual classroom content that teachers choose. The standards, on the other hand, are the overall learning goals. They should certainly be used to inform curriculum, lesson plans, and instruction—all of which are determined at the local level and in the classroom—but the standards themselves are, without question, not a curriculum.