Who says common core doesn't work ....

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    Who says common core doesn't work ....

    Sixth graders getting tired of being guinea pigs for Common Core, calculate how much time was spent being tested, petition the government for $1,628 in wages.


    Two sixth grade math classes lost an entire week’s worth of instruction taking a trial run of a new test and now they want payment for their time.

    The state randomly selected Ipswich Middle School teacher Alan Laroche’s A and B period math classes to take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test drive.

    The multi-state group is working to create English and math K-12 assessments that will help prepare students for college and their careers.

    During class last Monday, May 19, a teacher jokingly mentioned that the students should get paid for taking the test since their participation helps the PARCC and at the end of class the students pressed Laroche further on the idea.

    "The kids proceeded to tell me that PARCC is going to be making money from the test, so they should get paid as guinea pigs for helping them out in creating this test," said Laroche. "So I said, ‘OK, if that’s the case and you guys feel strongly then there are venues and things you can do to voice your opinion, and one would be to write a letter and have some support behind that letter with petition."

    At 8 p.m. that night Laroche received a shared Google document with an attached letter from A-period student Brett Beaulieu, who asked that he and his peers be compensated for their assistance.

    "I thought it was unfair that we weren’t paid for anything and we didn’t volunteer for anything," said Beaulieu. "It was as if we said, ‘Oh we can do it for free.’"

    Beaulieu used his math skills in the letter, determining that the two classes would collectively earn $1,628 at minimum wage for their 330 minutes of work. He then went on to figure out how many school supplies that amount could buy: 22 new Big Ideas MATH Common Core Student Edition Green textbooks or 8,689 Dixon Ticonderoga #2 pencils.

    "Even better, this could buy our school 175,000 sheets of 8 ½" by 11" paper, and 270 TI-108 calculators," Beaulieu wrote.


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    Re: Who says common core doesn't work ....

    Heh, heh, heh ... or how it's turning 'em gay.

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    I'm not sure I understand what is so bad about all students taking the same test.  Everyone wants to improve our educational system, but repubs seem to want to stop after they've given our vouchers. 

    The same talking heads that are always talking about competition seem terrified all students taking the same test, which would enable schools, school systems, and school boards to be held accountable.  Truth is, such a program would make it almost impossible for Governors from states such as Louisanna, Mississippi, Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas to be elected President because the students in those states test so poorly.

    As far as students being given a "beta" version of the test, parents pay big money to tutors and after school programs to help their kids with the SATs, therefore I think those students should pay the school for getting valuable practice time.

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    “I am here to help you to find, take back, and keep your righteous mind.”- Melvin B. Tolson


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