Sunday, April 06, 2014

SC Education Department Drops Margarine--oops, Smarter Balanced--Testing

Even as districts are forced to waste money implementing the Common Core Standards, the underpinnings are failing. Participation in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is a case in point.

Unlike Smart Balance products, which are devoted to lowering cholesterol, SBAC devoted itself to winning the U.S. Department of Education's Race to the Top assessment contest. Think of the millions at stake (and I don't mean students!). The SC decision halts Horry County's field testing this spring.

Legislation to prevent using SBAC was already in the pipeline in the state. South Carolina must find another test and must decide what to do about Common Core implementation in the next year or so. The state has plenty of company in its misgivings regarding the entire program, but not Charleston County's Nancy McGinley, who has been content to follow Arne Duncan's lead.

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