Casey: Shouldn't we take on directly "test and punish" accountability, rather than be diverted into a crusade against the common core?


Meier: As long as we see standards as 'The Standards' we will face this danger—and especially if who is right/wrong is based on impact on test scores designed by the same people who have mandated the standards.


Casey: Could it be that if we focused on the actual standards, the extravagant claims that are made against the common core would be impossible to sustain?


Meier: Teaching "to" a prefabricated curriculum ... and thus also to the test that comes along with it cannot lead to the kind of feistiness that a good school should be an exemplar of.


Casey: In my judgment, the [common-core] standards have the potential to do some real good.


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