I think that much of the current reform movement is “developmentally inappropriate”. We are trying to force kids to perform task and exhibit skill that are not developmentally able to perform. This is due in large part because the people that decided what should be taught and at what level are not educators, they are just rich.
The lack of recess and unstructured play time is a huge problem in many states. There are a few that are starting to see the light.
Anthony Cardinale is a third grade teacher who recently met with education commissioner MaryEllen Elia to discuss the Common Core and state testing in New York. She asked him to evaluate the released passages from the ELA tests. He found them to be developmentally inappropriate and summarized his finding in a report.
You can download the report at this link: cc-ela-passage-eval-2016-final-copy