Many people ask, if not CCLS then what?
Well, NYS has options!
This suggestion from Chris Cerrone:
“Many people ask if we dump the current NYS Assessments, and even the Regents exams, what would replace the tests to see what our children have achieved? 26 schools in NYC & 1 in Rochester have been assessing their students in a much superior manner. The question is: why can’t this be done across NYS?”
New York Performance Standards Consortium
Here are some additional alternatives to CCLS for NYS:
Why not give the “Lost Standards” a fair try? NYS was in the process of crafting high standards WITH input of educators State wide, before the plan was hijacked by Coleman at al and CC implemented.
English Standards Alternatives
NYS could download, for free, the Massachuesetts’ “A”-ranking English standards (which led to the highest test scores in the nation). Here is the link for the download: http://www.doe.mass.edu/news/news.aspx?id=5562.
There are several good alternatives for math standards. Any of the standards listed below would be a grave improvement over the faulty Common Core Math Standards, which lower the bar drastically for American children. Here are the old (1997) excellent California Standards, and here is its very good 2005 Framework to go with it. Here are the 2010 Massachusetts Standards that were a minor improvement on their previous excellent 20014 standards but were abandoned in the rush to the Common Core in 2010. And here are the 2009 Indiana Standards also an improvement on the already excellent previous (2005) Indiana standards, also abandoned in the rush to the Common Core in 2010.
California Framework: http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/documents/mathstandards.pdf
And last but not least, JICYMI, from Dr Stotsky:
Suggestions based on a credible body of research evidence showing a relationship between academically stronger teachers and higher student achievement. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/07/04/What-We-Need-Instead-of-Common-Core
So, when people who support CCLS ask what will replace CCLS, feel free to explain to them that we have far superior options and those should be pursued.