Comments on Ravitch’s MLA Speech (a reblog)

Even if you haven’t followed Diane Ravitch’s evolution as an education analyst, you may have seen evidence of her influence. Here is a careful commentary on Ravitch’s claims about the CCSS, from Cathy Kessel:

Mathematics and Education

The historian Diane Ravitch gave a speech to the Modern Language Association on January 11 about the past, present and future of the Common Core State Standards which was posted on a Washington Post blog. There’s a lot to like about the speech when it comes to rethinking uses of tests and test scores. I’ve been in favor of caution about testing since at least 1999 (see my article here).

However, the speech has some statements that are unclear, appear unaware of research in mathematics education, or seem uninformed. Some concern:

 Characteristics of standardized tests.

 Field testing standards.

Developmental appropriateness of the CCSS.

Development of the CCSS.

Details are below.

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About Priscilla Bremser

Professor of Mathematics Middlebury College
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