Missouri Education Watchdog by Anne Gassel
See Part 1 here.
In the table below are the virtually identical articles Petrilli and Pondiscio placed in various news publications in Connecticut, West Virginia, and Missouri. The text that is common to all of the ads appears in red font; text that intersects between two of the three ads appears in green (Missouri and Connecticut), pink (Connecticut and West Virginia), or blue (Missouri and West Virginia). Words unique to each article is identified in black font. Do you see all the red? Petrilli and Pondiscio use a “cookie cutter/one-size-fits all” approach to standardize their articles about standardizing student performance on common core aligned tests. Why am I not surprised? Below are some points of interest as you contrast the content of the articles in the table:
- Note the inconsistency in the language referring to state performance standards. Petrilli and Pondicio describe CT and WV as having set a low bar, but, not MO. That’s because Missouri had the 2nd highest performance standards in the country.http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pdf/studies/2011458.pdf ). In fact, Missouri’s original ESEA Flexibility Waiver application stated that MO was adopting the CC standards because our standards were the top three in the country…