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Dr. Sandra Stotsky author "An Empty Curriculum: The Need to Reform Teacher Licensing Regulations and Tests".  Dr Stotsky is an advocate of standards-based reform and strong academic standards and assesments for students and teachers.

By Sandra Stotsky

In an opinion piece in the The Washington Post on Dec. 24, 2014, Fordham Institute’s Mike Petrilli and Michael Brickman claim that it will not be easy to replace Common Core’s standards with something better. They claim that “the basic problem is that it’s impossible to draft standards that prepare students for college and career readiness and that look nothing like Common Core.”  Their claims have no legs to stand on.

Massachusetts once had standards that looked nothing like Common Core, were judged to be among the best in the country, and have an empirical record of contributing to academic gains for all Bay State students, as judged by National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests in grades 4 and 8, in reading and math, from 2005 on, and by The International Mathematics and Science Surveys (TIMSS) in 2007 and 2013.  The Bay State’s former standards served as the basis for classroom curricula, for professional development for practicing teachers, for licensure regulations and tests for prospective teachers, and for the state’s teacher-vetted K-12 tests.