Turns out that my inbox was full of articles about the latest testing controversy: the common core assessments, touted as more comprehensive and less focused on rote learning, will also be much, much more expensive to administer.
Again, this is hardly surprising, especially if the tests contain more essay questions. And again, my fear is that when the dust settles, we’ll have no way of measuring or comparing student performance at all.
Anyway, here are a number of links for those of you who are interested.
I especially recommend this first article, since it actually describes the tests being developed by the two common core consortia.
These articles rehash the problems states and school districts are encountering, including technology shortfalls, greater testing time, and, as always, higher cost.