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.
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: