Re: Common Core
Believe it or not, public schools can lose federal funding if the students don't do well on the tests. Which IMHO is exactly the opposite of what should happen.
And kids in private and parochial schools do not have to take the tests because their funding comes from tuition and endowments not from the state and federal governments.
You want scary? My son got the equivalent of about an 80% on last year's CC math test. That's a low B grade. He was in the 95th percentile for all of NYS. How on earth can a B grade put a kid in the 95th percentile unless the tests are WAY too hard? According to the paperwork we got, 40% of the kids who took that same test got the equivalent of a failing grade. FORTY PERCENT!!!!!
My homeschool is privately funded, too--by my husband and me. That is pretty much the foundation of homeschooling in our state: we homeschoolers do not receive state funds, so we are not subject to state oversight. Strange that is not the case in your state.
Do they close the public schools because of failure? Do the students get shifted to other districts? How does this work on a practical level?
What is your district, or your state, planning to do about the scores of kids like your son? Anything?
I am surprised parents are not up in arms about this. We Americans really must be a passive people.
One of the deepest feminine pleasures is when a man stands full, present, and unreactive in the midst of his woman's emotional storms. When he stays present with her, and loves her through the layers of wildness and closure, then she feels his trustability, and she can relax. -- David Deida, The Way of the Superior Man