As a 25-year elementary teacher with two advanced degrees, I have carefully observed educational trends in North Carolina since the early 1990s.
It has long been obvious that promoting state-written tests rather than nationally normed testing programs was used to avoid comparing North Carolina student progress with that of other states and countries.
Common core asks that our teachers and students perform as well or better than those across the nation. If we are proud of our schools, that should be our goal, not a problem to be attacked by politicians.
If our schools don’t meet Common Core State Standards, we need to provide professional academic support, not political interference.