Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, testified at the first Common Core State Standards Initiative hearing held before the Select Committee for Review on October 3, 2013 in Madison at the state Capitol.
I would be remiss if I did not remind you that educational standards do not ensure learning or student success.
Time and again we have seen that quality, committed teachers are the real difference-makers. They can take
ridiculous standards and poor textbooks and ancillary curricula materials and still turn out students who have
mastered grade-level concepts—and much, much more. That is not to say standards are not important; but it is
imperative we keep standards in proper perspective. They are, or certainly should be, minimums, not maximums—learning “floors,” not “ceilings.”
Too often in attempts to improve upon the standards already being employed in our public education system, we fail to sufficiently subject these standards, as well as implementation methods and systems and assessment tools, to the scrutiny they inherently deserve. In our rush to provide our children with the “next best thing,” we can at times miss our intended target and create for ourselves additional, albeit unintended, new problems.
And so it is with Wisconsin’s adoption of Common Core State Standards.
Read the ENTIRE testimony HERE.