As Common Core results trickle in, initial goals unfulfilled

FILE - In this April 30, 2015 file photo, Leticia Fonseca, 16, left, and her twin sister, Sylvia Fonseca, right, work in the computer lab at Cuyama Valley High School after taking the new Common Core-aligned standardized tests, in New Cuyama, Calif. More states are dropping out of the two testing consortia in favor of developing their own tests. That means when all the results are in, it won’t be possible to compare results across most states, undermining one of the main reasons Common Core was created. (AP Photo/Christine Armario, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Results for some of the states that participated in Common Core-aligned testing for the first time this spring have been released. Overall scores are higher than expected, though below what many parents may be accustomed to seeing.

Full or preliminary scores have been released for Connecticut, Idaho, Missouri, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia.

Those states participated in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. That’s one of the two groups of states awarded $330 million by the U.S. Department of Education to develop exams to test students on the Common Core standards in math and English language arts.

Yet even when all the results are in, a fundamental goal of Common Core will be unfulfilled: Student performance will not be comparable across a majority of states.

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