Debate over the effectiveness of Common Core continues

Laalitya Acharya | Staff Editor

School’s best friend, Common Core, is crumbling.  

The US PISA test rankings have gone down, since Common Core was established.  The PISA test is an international test which is taken by 15 year olds in most countries every four years. According to the Key Pisa Test, many Eastern Asian Countries have kept the lead and countries that have poor populations have also taken a higher status .

Common Core states that its intention is to make students smarter by using easier methods.

According to seventh grade student Sankya Rajan, its standards are difficult, and not at all applicable to real life.

“Common Core methods aren’t really easier,” Rajan said. “In the real world, you won’t need to know how to use a tape diagram.You will need to know what a ratio is, but as long as you have a method of understanding a certain concept, you shouldn’t be forced to learn it another way. Common Core has forced me to learn lots of different methods, most of which I find useless because I have my own way of understanding each concept and so do other kids.”

Seventh grader Allie Caldwell said she is unsure about Common Core.

“I like it because of the I can statements to follow along in class but at the same time I feel like we don’t don’t get to do as creative projects,” Caldwell said.

Science teacher Rachel King said that Common Core has benefited them and their classes by paving the way for a more creative environment.

“Common Core has not changed the way that I teach,” King said. “I have always felt that a classroom should be built around its students. Common Core allows for students to explore and become more independent in their studies.Common Core methods are not necessarily easier, they just have a different focal point than previous standards. I do not believe that one way of teaching is better than the other. There are pros and cons to both styles, and the key is to find a balance between them both.”

Corestandards.org states that it will only raise standards. However, according to oecd.org, international tests aren’t showing any major positive changes in scores, and Common Core has been implemented for about seven years.

But Rajan, knowing the facts, still disagrees.

“I don’t really like Common Core, because the I Can statements make it seem like learning as a whole is just a checklist, that if you know a list of things, you’re done,” Rajan said. “It doesn’t really encourage kids to dive deeper into a subject they really like and to find out more about it, they’re just filling out lists all of the time.”

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