Eye on Education

Only Minor Bugs Revealed In Common Core Field Test

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FLICKR / McCain Library at Erskine College and Seminary

Nearly half of Ohio school districts have just finished up a trial run of tests incorporating Common Core, the new set of education standards adopted by most states.

And state officials say they’re pleased with the outcome.

It’s the first field test of the new Common Core English and math assessment, which are more focused on analysis and problem solving than rote memorization.

Department of Education spokesman John Charlton says some districts did report some relatively minor glitches.

“A lot of those fell along the line of spam filters on school computers, students accidentally saving and exiting their tests, some problems related to passwords,” Charlton said.

“The technology coordinators had to step in and be able to make some updates and make some changes to help out,” he said.  “Overall though, there were no, I would say, critical or systematic concerns or problems.”

About 70,000 Ohio students took part in the first part of the exam in March and April.  The second part will be given in May and June.

The field test is to identify problems with the exam content – the way questions and problems are posed – and the technology used to give the exams, said Laura Sklover, CEO of Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers,or PARCC, the company that designed them.

Neither school administrators nor students will see the results.  But some are already saying that what the exams require students to do may call for significant adjustments in the way course material is taught.

All Ohio students will begin taking the tests for real in the spring of 2015.


  • jwhitehawke

    Common Core: will undermine educational quality and choice. Parents will not have a say in their child’s education under Common Core. Teachers would have little control over their classrooms under Common Core. Good education policy realizes that all students have different learning styles, preferences, and paces. A top down and centrally controlled standards will hurt students’ creativity and learning. Common Core violates privacy by “data mining” information about students that will follow them the rest of their lives. Since education is not specifically listed in the Constitution, CC is unconstitutional. Ohio has advanced standards that are designed with students and parents in mind. CC The standards dumb American education down by about two grades worth. Centralized education programs have not worked and will never work. The quality of education has only declined over the past few decades. The solution is to get the federal government out of the education business.

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