In an op-ed this week, North Dakota teacher Justin LaBar called North Dakota State Superintendent “either delusional or a liar. Maybe both.” He claims that Common Core is a one-size-fits-all approach to math and English.
LaBar’s piece reads more like a list of grievances than a reasoned rebuttal of Baesler’s announcement that the state is reviewing their Common Core State Standards. Superintendent Baesler is fulfilling her responsibilities as superintendent by launching a new, comprehensive review of the standards that will heavily involve input from North Dakotans.
Contrary to LaBar’s claims, teachers across the country support high standards and high-quality aligned assessments.
A research project by the National Network of State Teachers of the Year last fall, which asked more than 20 State Teacher of the Year award recipients and finalists to evaluate the strength of exams aligned to Common Core State Standards, concludes tests like PARCC and Smarter Balanced reflect the skills students need and match up well with classroom instruction.
“I can say with confidence these new assessments are the kind we should want our kids to take,” wrote Pam Reilly, a participant in the NNSTOY study.