CITIZEN VOICES® Should state tests be based on Common Core?

Aug 31, 2017

School districts are all required to administer state performance assessments in order to qualify for federal funding. In New Hampshire, most schools use the Smarter Balanced Assessments, which are based on Common Core. Learn more about this issue. On August 31, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH continue to base statewide standardized tests on Common Core?” 

"Should state tests be based on Common Core?"

Common Core NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 140 participants gave 294 responses.

A total of 96% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 4% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 140 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 294 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said

No: A strong majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 96%, were against continuing to base statewide standardized tests on Common Core.

  • “No. Get rid of Common Core.... it makes life harder in the real world and serves no purpose.”
  • “Common Core makes thing ridiculously complicated. The government needs to stay out of education.”
  • “You can't expect all kids to fit into the same box. Nor can you expect parents to help their children through school when parents were not taught Common Core.”

Yes: A minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 4%, were in favor of continuing to base statewide standardized tests on Common Core.

Other: As noted above, 4% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • Test administration: “These tests need to be done to evaluate the teachers, the school system, and the students.  They should not be administered by the school but by a neutral, no interest party.  The current system has too many connections to the teachers.”
  • Common Core implementation: “These are not boxes and Common Core is not a curriculum.  Each school decides how and what is taught so students can meet the standards.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

Read the full discussion on Facebook.



Jackie Benson
- Kensington

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 9:31am

I don't think people realize that Common Core isn't a curriculum. It doesn't tell you how to teach. It just sets guidelines for what concepts students should have a firm grasp of at each grade level. It's then up to teachers and schools to determine how to teach those concepts. It'd be fair to argue whether Common Core picks the right concepts for each grade, but the solution would be to modify the list, not eliminate it entirely.

It makes sense for our public education system to agree on what "an eight-grade education" should consist of, if we care about accountability.

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