Jersey Testing Standards Are More Effective Than Common Core

A recent study shows that New Jersey’s Core Curriculum Content Standards prove to be more effective than Common Core standards when it comes to teaching higher-order thinking. A year or two after Common Core was implemented, studies like this should have been conducted for all states to determine the effectiveness of Common Core against the State’s previous standards. It was exceptionally silly to think that Common Core was one size fits all system. Here’s the abstract:

The creators and supporters of the Common Core State Standards claim that the Standards require greater emphasis on higher-order thinking than previous state standards in mathematics and English language arts. We used a qualitative case study design with content analysis methods to test the claim. We compared the levels of thinking required by the Common Core State Standards for grades 9-12 in English language arts and math with those required by the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards in grades 9-12 English language arts and math (used prior to the Common Core) using Webb’s Depth of Knowledge framework to categorize the level of thinking required by each standard. Our results suggest that a higher percentage of the 2009 New Jersey high school curriculum standards in English language arts and math prompted higher-order thinking than the 2010 Common Core State Standards for those same subjects and grade levels. Recommendations for school administrative practice are provided.

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