Common Core FAQ’s Part 9

Common Core FAQ's Part 9

Common Core FAQ’s Part 9

Question #9: Does it matter that testing is being aligned with the Common Core?

Answer: Proponents of the Common Core, including U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, emphasize the need to imitate some countries with high-ranking education systems by creating consistent assessments across the country that measure student progress through open-ended and research-based questions.14 This has spurred the federal government to fund a set of nationalized tests aligned with the Common Core. Two consortia of states—PARCC and SBAC—received $170 million and $160 million from the Department of Education to craft standardized assessments. Additionally, both the SAT and the GED will be redesigned to fully implement the Common Core, and the latest version of the Iowa Test of Basic Skills is based on the Common Core.15 Combined, the new assessments and revised tests will create de facto national testing.

14.Duncan, “Beyond the Bubble Tests.”

15. Tamar Lewin, “Backer of Common Core School Curriculum is Chosen to Lead College Board.” New York Times, May 16, 2012, accessed June 10, 2013,; The GED Test: A Content Comparison (GED Testing Service, 2012), accessed July 10, 2013,; Jason Tomassini, “New College Board President to Seek Common Core-SAT Link”, Education Week, May 16, 2012, accessed June 10, 2013, “Riverside Introduces the All-New Iowa Assessments, Form E. Monitor the Growth and Achievement of Today’s Students.” Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, accessed June 10, 2013,


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