Chris Wallace on Fox News interviewed Laura Slover, identified as the CEO of the federally funded PARCC.
The interview–and the description of Common Core and PARCC on the Fox website–repeats common myths about both.
This is how PARCC is described:
“PARCC is one of two nonprofits set up by states to test how students are measuring up to Common Core education standards.”
But PARCC and the other testing program were not created by the states. They were both created by the U.S. Department of Education with a grant of $360 million.
No mention of the fact that numerous states have backed out of PARCC. It started with 24 states. Now it’s down to 12 states and D.C.
And then comes a slew of bogus claims. See how many you can count:
“”I think it’s vital that we set a high standard for kids, because if we build it, they will come,” Slover said. “If we expect a lot of kids, they rise to the occasion.”
“Wallace noted that the main complaint about Common Core testing is that it is part of a federal takeover of local schools.
Slover asserted that it’s actually a state-driven program, and states make all the decisions.
“As a parent, I can understand why there are concerns about testing,” Slover said, adding that she wants her daughter taking the tests. “I want to be sure she’s learning. I want to be sure she’s on grade level. And I want to be sure she knows how to do math and is prepared for the next grade.”
“She asserted that for far too long a child’s success has been determined by their parents’ income level and where they grew up.
“We think it’s critical that kids all have opportunities, whether they live in Mississippi or Massachusetts or Colorado or Ohio,” Slover said. “They should all have access to an excellent education. And this is a step in the right direction.”
Biggest bogus claim: if all kids have the same standards and same tests, all children will learn the same things in the same way and will have high test scores. The path to an excellent education requires standardization.