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Common Core And The Vomit Test

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Confession: I don’t get John Oliver. I find him funny occasionally, albeit often terribly misguided on many issues facing his adopted country (which, by the way, I think he truly loves and really means well in his sometimes awkward assessments).

But just when I think he’s completely in the European Socialism tank, he goes and does something like this.

113 is a lot of tests…something is wrong with out system when we just assume a certain number of kids will vomit…

He’s right that Bush’s No Child Left Behind was the gateway drug to Common Core, and that Obama flip-flopped on his disgust of filling out bubbles on a standardized test. And that there’s plenty of reason to suspect that these standardized tests, used to determine the relative health of a child’s ability to learn, are actually pretty miserable at determining what they’re designed to determine.

But he never really addresses that Pearson Testing, the company that really does have a bit of a monopoly when it comes to the creation and administration of these tests, is a British-owned company. Which I think is an interesting wrinkle that maybe deserves a second look.



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