One of the benefits of the Common Core, supposedly, is that we can finally compare the performance of schools in different states. Originally the dream was that a majority of states would sign on to use common tests from either the PARCC from Pearson or SBAC from Smarter Balanced.
Michelle Rhee-Johnston became chancellor of Washington DC schools in 2007. As proof that a major problem in education is the absence of standardized test scores in teacher evaluation, Rhee-Johnston frequently said, in speeches, that when she came to DC, only 8% of 8th graders were proficient in math while 97% of teachers were rated as effective.
In a feature on the CNN blog in 2009, it said:
Her plan is ambitious: To completely transform the District’s system within eight years for its 50,000 children. The plan focuses on top-down accountability, quantitative results like standardized test scores and, ultimately, working to close what she…
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