Common Core blamed for nation's bad 'report card'

Monday, November 4, 2019
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

student with notebook textbookGovernment education experts are concerned that the National Assessment of Educational Progress scores for America's students have dropped once again.

Math and readings scores for fourth- and eighth-graders in the United States dropped since 2017, according to U.S. News. Significant progress had been made from 1990 until 2015 when the first decline in scores appeared – but "there has been no progress [over the past decade] in either mathematics or reading performance," says Peggy Carr, associate commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics.

OneNewsNow spoke with Dr. Karen Effrem, president of Education Liberty Watch. She blames the Common Core Standards, which were adopted by most states about a decade ago.

Effrem

"It's certainly a strong correlation that over the past ten years American students have been subjected to the horrors of Common Core," Effrem shared. "Common Core seems to be affecting everyone. The scores seem to be showing that."

U.S. News says "notable" score drops in reading among fourth-graders occurred in 17 states, and in 31 states for eighth-graders. It further reports students who need to make the most academic progress are instead making no progress or are falling further behind. Effrem outlines what needs to be done.

"If we want to educate our students well, we need to follow the lead of states like Florida and Georgia and others that are working to get rid of Common Core," she offered.

Promoters of the Common Core, which began under the Obama administration, promised the initiative would improve education.

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