Common Core standards not tested

06/10/2014 7:06 PM

06/11/2014 9:17 AM

Re "New 'Common Core' standards will lead to fewer remedial classes" (Viewpoints, June 10): There are two assertions, among several, in Beth Smith's article that I want to address.

First, it is not true that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) "represents all faculty at all community colleges." The ASCCC represents a minority of faculty in the realm of certain academic and professional matters. It does not negotiate contracts for faculty and, in fact, has very little legal standing to enforce any of its recommendations to community college trustees.

Secondly, and more importantly, the assertion that "the Common Core standards will make a positive difference" in preparing K-12 students for the community college curriculum has absolutely no basis in fact. Those standards have never been tested on real K-12 students nor were the standards developed by actual classroom teachers. To claim otherwise is to mislead the public and the very faculty who Smith claims to represent.

-- Robert Perrone, Sacramento

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