The “alarmingly low” test results cited in the Oct. 19 “assessment” article have to be seen not as discouragement, but as a call to action. We can’t ignore the fact that many of our students are struggling. Now we have a better sense of what steps we need to take to make sure they all get the education they need to succeed.
Common Core is specifically designed to help with that work, focusing on the kind of deep, intensive learning that will even the playing field for all California kids. The transition to Common Core (and related assessments) is a multi-year, multi-faceted effort and challenges are expected. But none of the temporary difficulties outweigh the long-term benefits for our students.
Luis Santana, Fresno
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