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The Common Core Costs Billions and Hurts Students - Diane Ravitch

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'Six years after the release of our first national standards, the Common Core, and the new federal tests it seems clear that the pursuit of a national curriculum is yet another excuse to avoid making serious efforts to reduce the main causes of low student achievement: poverty and racial segregation,' says 'Diane Ravitch who has seen the harmful effects of No Child Left Behind   she once supported.  The law required that all schools reach 100 % proficiency -- measured by tests -- an impossible goal. 'Standardized tests became the be-all and end-all of education, and states spent billions on them, encouraging the firing of thousands of teachers and the closing of thousands of low-scoring public schools, mostly in poor black and Hispanic neighborhoods.' As the damage escalated, she renounced her support for high-stakes testing and charter schools. Read her revised book -- learn the truth.

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