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Ohio superintendent: ‘I am profoundly concerned’ about new Common Core tests

In this photo taken Feb. 12, 2015, practice test books sit on a table in the Sixth grade English Language Arts and Social Studies classroom at Morgan Elementary School South in Stockport, Ohio.  (AP Photo/Ty Wright)

Steve Kramer is the superintendent of Madeira City Schools in Ohio. He recently wrote a letter to Ohio Superintendent Richard Ross expressing his concern that new Common Core tests students in his state are taking are “neither relevant nor important to the high quality instruction Madeira City Schools has been proud to provide for over 80 years.”

He isn’t the only one concerned in Ohio. This week, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed into law a bill that protects students from most of the punitive consequences of the Common Core exams, including barring the state from using this year’s results from being used as a determinant of grade advancement or course credit.

Ohio students are taking the PARCC, a Common Core test created by the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, one of two multi-state consortia given $360 million in federal funds to design new standardized tests that align with the Common Core State Standards.

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Here’s Kramer’s letter, which I am publishing because it reflects the growing frustration among parents, students and school leaders with high-stakes standardized testing: