As educators across Illinois prepare to begin administering the federal “Common Core” assessment tests, State Sen. Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap) is seeking a thorough review before the tests are conducted.
“It is not often that conservative advocacy groups and perceived liberal teachers’ labor organizations unite for a common cause. The cause is their opposition to the ‘Common Core’ standards and the tests that are being administered across Illinois,” LaHood said. “This is a classic overreach by Washington, D.C. bureaucrats who are determined to dictate our education standards.”
The Senator’s objections to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests or “Common Core” standards are not new. He and several colleagues risen in opposition for more than a year on the topic. As a result, LaHood has joined Senator Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) in sponsoring Senate Resolution 89, which seeks to delay the implementation of the Common Core standards.
“’Common Core’ was snuck into our classrooms without as much as one vote by the General Assembly, without one real survey of teachers, administrators, or parents as to the effects of this policy on our children,” LaHood said. “We need to slow this bad ‘school bus’ down before our schools are teaching to a test that will have few, real-world applications.”
Indiana, Oklahoma, and South Carolina have opted out of the “Common Core” state standards and more than a dozen states are considering legislation to repeal involvement in “Common Core”; seven Governors have also issued executive orders to reexamine whether or not their states should be involved in the PARCC.
A vast majority of the educational community has voiced their complaints about the massive amounts of instructional time being dedicated to the test. Additionally, educators from a wide variety of disciplines argue that the arts, more advanced classes and vocational classes are being ignored in favor or a more generic, one-sized-fits-all approach to the classroom experience.
“We need to take into consideration the demands of the local school administration, educators and most importantly parents as to the educational standards we demand,” LaHood said.
Senate Resolution 89 is currently in the Assignments committee.