The results of the “Common Core” school curriculum are in and it appears that it has left every kid it has touched dumber than before.
Common Core has been in place for close to a decade in some places. And according to data assembled by the U.S. Department of Education, the results are very poor.
“Every American family needs to open The Nation’s Report Card this year and think about what it means for their child and for our country’s future,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in a Wednesday press release. “The results are, frankly, devastating.”
“This country is in a student achievement crisis, and over the past decade it has continued to worsen, especially for our most vulnerable students,” DeVos added.
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The NAEP test is administered to students in the fourth and eighth grades and covers math a reading proficiency.
But the recent tests show that American students are failing to measure up to students of past years.
This year’s results were only marginally better than those from 1992 which is a stark reversal of the tests made in previous years which had shown improvement.
The mathematics scores show the worst decline. Historically, math scores had shown improvement over the 1990s until the year 2015 when most states had finished implementing Common Core. Despite double-digit gains since the ’90s, fourth graders only managed to score a single point above their previous tests this year.
Eighth graders failed to even meet that tiny gain and scored lower than the results from 2017.
“This must be America’s wake-up call,” DeVos said in her press release. “We cannot abide these poor results any longer. We can neither excuse them away nor simply throw more money at the problem.”
Meanwhile, students in most other countries are blowing American students out of the water. American students are some of the least proficient in every area of education than other kids across the world.
The massive failure of Common Core has made those results even worse.