Education achievement tests in Kentucky, the first in the nation
tied to the state Common Core Standards, shows a drop in student
achievement for both elementary and middle school students.
The drop in the scores, some by as much as 30 percent, was not
unexpected by state education officials. Neal McCluskey of the Cato Institute
explains the probable reason for the dip.
"That could be because the standards are higher, the
tests are harder," he suggests. "But it also tends to reflect that
students have gotten accustomed to a certain type of tests they
were taking, and so they're confronted with the need for new
testing strategies -- things like that."
McCluskey says The Bluegrass State is a predictor of what
parents and students will see in other states, though this test is
"The fact of the matter is Kentucky adopted these things ahead
of almost anyone else, and Kentucky is using a test that will be
replaced in a couple of years by the new national tests that are
supposed to go specifically with the Common Core," the advocate for
educational freedom explains.
Because Kentucky's tests will eventually be replaced, McCluskey
concludes there is a limit on what can be learned from these early
Some conservative political pundits are surprised, if not
pleased, that Ann Romney is criticizing teachers
unions for standing in the way of education reform.