Common Core performance level descriptors in a simple math problem

June 26, 2013 9 Comments

PARCC has published its performance level descriptors to determine who is on-track for “college and careers.” Many schools are already following this standards based assessment methodology in order to be aligned with the Common Core. Here is a simple example of how they are rating students in schools. Explain to me how a student who answered it and received a two is not college ready? Even better, tell me how a teacher is not effective because their student only received a 2. This is a bogus way to determine which correct answer is good enough and it screams the fact that the CC is a curriculum.

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  1. Roseanne says:

    Would you please post a link to show where you got this from? Is this an example from the PARCC publication or your own description based on what you read? I do see this happening in history already. The nightmare hasn’t started yet in math in my state. Well, it started a little bit because my son received a B on his oral presentation of his art project that was required in pre-algebra. Teacher blamed that on common core. But I need some primary sources, please!

    • Erin Tuttle says:

      I was sent that by a parent in Wisconsin. It is a factual, actual, assignment, method used in Southeast Wisconsin Schools this year for Common Core. It is not from PARCC, but many schools are starting to use a standards based report card that reflects the CC standards and those for mathematical practices in their grading rubrics. I would ask your teachers to see the grading rubric used to measure his grade. What state are you in?

  2. Norma says:

    Hi, thanks for bringing this to our attention. It’s a really scary example. I cannot understand how standardization isn’t expected to lead to demotivation and poor performance.

    So you could say that some students are gifted but some stories bely that:

  3. Veronica says:

    My Edison School (this is a public concept school in Indianapolis) third grader has been doing this method since first grade. Nightmare. They are dumbing them down with this!! They did not want us to teach them ‘conventional methods’ for fear it would ‘confuse’ them when they would be tought the drawing of blocks diagramed above. When we showed our child the conventional method, he was so releived it could be that easy and took off with it like a rocket. He’s the top in his class. He does get points off because he doesn’t ‘diagram his work’. But he explains the other method to the other kids and helps them out when they get frustrated.

  4. R. Hamman says:

    My soon to be 5th grader has been taught math this way since kindergarten. It is extremely confusing and I have asked the teachers every year to send me a resource or link of some kind to help me when we are doing homework so I don’t confuse him by teaching him another method. 4 years now, and not one math teacher has responded to my email. NOT ONE. This is ridiculous! I finally started teaching him my way (the old fashioned way!) and he looks at me like “Oh! That was easy!”. If they send home something particularly confusing, (like when he learned how to multiply a fraction with a whole number – they were making them write out this big, long algebra equation to get the answer! – I told him to forget everything the teacher had taught him and just turn the whole number into a fraction by putting a 1 under it and multiply the top then bottom to get the answer and it works perfect every time)I just ignore whatever method they are using and teach him the normal way. It is always easier for him.

  5. Ron says:

    I love it! Is it enough to just memorize the alphabet and not know how to use the letters to form words? That’s all this is. It’s brilliant. Already Americans are in general the dumbest of all nations, save third world countries. And yet we even have some of our finest mathematicians, scientists, doctors, etc from those third world nations. Why? Perhaps because we expect way too little from our students. Heck, this is explained clearly when we Americans expect foreigners to speak our language, rather than we try to understand theirs. Every other top nation in the world requires 14 grammar school grades. And each grade they are learning 3 languages. Not here in the great old US. We require only one foreign language for only 4 years. No wonder the rest of the world laughs at us and calls us arrogant, pompous, stupid, and my favorite…lazy.

  6. Tom Clark says:

    Common Core is designed to teach learners how to conform to the NWO (New World Order)
    Critical thinking is frowned upon and the dumbing down of America is only going to accelerate.
    Common Core is not about education, it’s about creating a new society, not about learning,
    but how to be a good citizen of the new fascist America and a citizen of the world.

    “Give me four years to teach the
    children and the seed I’ve sown will
    never be uprooted!” Vladimir Lenin

    The education system was never broken…it is doing exactly what it was meant to do-dumb
    down the masses. Not only is the program designed to churn out idiots, it’s also designed to
    teach the wrong content. Pick up any school history book and you’ll find it’s mostly all fiction.

    “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”

    These are not empty words…our history books are nothing but lies and distortions. We repeat history because the people have no idea what actually happened. If people actually knew true history, we wouldn’t be having this discussion.

  7. Rachel says:

    Okay so after looking at the problem above I realized that they are doing the exact same thing as we have always done. In their explanation they state that you combine the “blocks” in the picture into groups of ten; that is where you get the “30” then you have the 2 blocks left over. This is the answer of 32. That is exactly what we do when we do the problem with the lay out of 15 we just do not need to draw out those crazy pictures.

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