The more I read about Common Core and education reform, the more I am convinced that one of the most important issues is that all students will have to be instructed with these standards if they choose to attend college.
A misconception exists about students in private or parochial schools being lucky that they won’t have to mess with the Common Core. But this is a myth, unless these schools will be willing to take criticism when their seniors wind up not answering correctly on the SAT/ACT tests to get into their dream colleges.
I’m not saying students will be better prepared for college, but they will have to learn what is on the test in order to get there.
Still, many are under the assumption that the Common Core State Standards are only found in public schools!
Even Nancie Atwell, who recently won an award for teaching, and whose book In The Middle is seen as a great reading resource for teachers, implied that teachers should only go into teaching if they go into the private sector. She said, Public school teachers are so constrained right now by the Common Core Standards and the tests that are developed to monitor what teachers are doing with them. It’s a movement that’s turned teachers into technicians, not reflective practitioners. She rightly criticized the Common Core.
But as much as Nancie, and anyone else running a private or parochial school, might dislike the Common Core, they will also be hamstrung to teach to the standards! Homeschooled students are not exempt either if they want to attend college.
The tie that binds all schools together is the SAT/ACT tests which are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The Advanced Placement (AP) tests and even the General Education Development (GED) tests are aligned to Common Core too!
Here are the comments by Dr. Sandra Stotsky who was on the Common Core Validation Committee but who now argues against it, said:
In 2012, Coleman was elected president of the College Board and has taken it upon himself to ensure that the SAT, ACT, AP, and GED exams are all aligned with the Common Core standards.
So while the myth continues that lucky students in private schools will be exempt from Common Core, the tests that students must score well on to get into college require the Common Core. So how does any college and career ready student get out of the Common Core State Standards? The answer is they don’t.
Think about the ramifications this has for private and parochial schooling. If everyone is working towards the same standards all schools are pretty much the same. Religious instruction is the exception.
And even if your state decides that they will not adopt Common Core, students will still need Common Core to master the SAT and ACT so they can get into college.
There are some universities that do not require the SAT/ACT tests, but most state schools and certainly most Ivy League schools do require them.
So if you want your child to attend an accredited university, you will not be able to hide them from the Common Core.
Students who attend private schools will have to work towards the Common Core State Standards.
Students who attend Catholic or other religious Schools will have to work to master the Common Core State Standards.
Students who are homeschooled will have to work towards Common Core State Standards.
Of course, we already know that students in public schools and students in charter schools will have to work toward reaching the standards too.
There is really no place to hide from the Common Core.
Acknowledging that ALL schools are affected by the Common Core State Standards provides a larger platform to push back the standards.