Common Core opponents have heard of the dreaded “sifting of children.” The kids learn through the Common Core and after high school they head to a community college where they are literally categorized like cattle.
Kids who do well on the assessment may go into the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers. Kids who don’t do as well will possibly go into the “vocational studies” type classes. We know that the K-12 system is going to be partnering in a sense with colleges and universities. In fact, the Smarter Balanced assessment is designed to help decide where a child might be shuffled after high school.
“Higher education representatives are working with the Consortium to develop clear definitions of what it means to be college-ready. Institutions of higher education across Consortium states have agreed to work with SBAC to ensure the high school assessments will, at a minimum, serve as college course placement exams. While it is too soon to know if the exams will also be accepted for college entrance, the intent will be to work with higher education to create exams that indicate student readiness for credit-bearing coursework. As SBAC work progresses, there will be opportunities to verify that the high school assessments align with Wisconsin’s assessment goals and needs.”
Now look at this screen shot from PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers), the other assessment consortia. (This image was recently captured by a Common Core warrior in Arkansas.)