CCS and Testing

Washington Homeschool Organization
Published by Jen Garrison Stuber Handweaver · May 13 at 6:54am ·

Email of the Day:
Another homeschool mom said that it is not wise to completely ignore Common Core because our kids will encounter it on college entrance exams. Is this true or is it a state by state variation? Is there a legitimate NEED that we teach this to our children?

Short answer: no.
Long answer:
The CCS were adopted in WA in 2009. In 2009, the SAT and ACT were aligned with the CCS between 60-100% (depending on which section of which test you were looking at, but most sections were 100%). This is because The College Board was in on the creation of the CCS.

Here– take a look.

Since 2009 (the adoption of the CCS in WA and many other states), homeschoolers’ scores have gone UP
At the same time, public school students’ scores have DROPPED.

This is not because homeschoolers are doing CC. They’re not. Most actively AVOID the CCS.

I have no idea what agenda your friend has (or what agenda someone telling her had) — I’m guessing its roots are someone working in the public schools doing some fear-mongering, but it simply isn’t true.

Combine that with the hundreds of colleges and universities that are dropping the SAT/ACT as part of their admissions process, and I can’t see recommending you spend one more moment thinking about the CCS or test prep.

~Jen GS