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California Flies Blind On Testing: The Troubling Saga Of The State’s ‘Smarter Balanced Test’

by Williamson M. Evers, Ze’ev Wurmanvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

From 1999 to 2013, California had a standard test (STAR – Student Testing And Reporting) to assess our students on California Standards in English Language Arts, Math, the Sciences, and Social Sciences. Within its first few years, the test format stabilized, and for the rest of its life, it remained essentially unchanged -- regularly releasing a fraction of its items to educate the students and parents about the expectations from our students and offering stable longitudinally comparable scaled scores.

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California’s Common Core Mistake

by Williamson M. Evers, Ze’ev Wurmanvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The national standards reversed progress made in math, hitting disadvantaged minorities hardest.

Analysis and Commentary

The College Readiness Illusion – A Reply To Mike Petrilli

by Ze’ev Wurman, Williamson M. Evers mentioning Michael J. Petrillivia Breitbart.com
Friday, December 4, 2015

In a recent piece on his web site Mike Petrilli, the president of the Fordham Institute, makes a rather strange case arguing that Common Core is alive (and well?).

Analysis and Commentary

Uniform Testing Of Common Core In Disarray As Massachusetts Leaves The Aligned System

by Williamson M. Evers, Ze’ev Wurmanvia Real Clear Education
Monday, November 30, 2015

The brightest jewel in the system of national testing is no longer in the crown. High-performing Massachusetts lent considerable luster to the national testing aligned with the national Common Core curriculum-content standards.


Don’t Let State Hide Test Scores

by Williamson M. Evers, Ze’ev Wurmanvia Sacramento Bee
Thursday, September 3, 2015

The California Department of Education has been acting in a way that would have made the Soviet government proud.

Analysis and Commentary

Statement by Burke, Evers, Rebarber, Stotsky, and Wurman on ESEA

by Williamson M. Evers, Ze’ev Wurmanvia Jay P. Greene's Blog
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The following is a statement by Lindsey M. Burke, Williamson Evers, Theodor Rebarber, Sandra Stotsky, and Ze’ev Wurman that they asked me to post.  I have not yet had a chance to think carefully about ESEA re-authorization, but I think their views are worth consideration:

Analysis and Commentary

Wurman Testimony on Math and Science Standards in Ohio

by Ze’ev Wurmanvia Education Next
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I am a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Between 2007 and 2009 I served as a senior policy adviser at the U.S. Department of Education. I served as a commissioner on the California Academic Content Standards Commission that in 2010 evaluated the Common Core’s suitability for California adoption.

In the News

Common Core’s Validation: A Weak Foundation for a Crooked House

by Ze’ev Wurmanvia Pioneer Institute
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Analysis and Commentary

Lowering the Bar

by Ze’ev Wurmanvia Liberty Law Talk (Library of Law and Liberty)
Friday, April 18, 2014
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New Law Dumbs Down Calif. Math Performance

by Williamson M. Evers, Ze’ev Wurmanvia CalWatchDog.com
Monday, October 22, 2012

Gov. Jerry Brown recently sent California several decades back into the 20th century by signing Senate Bill 1200, by state Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Oakland. This law now mandates a shocking rollback of how much math we expect children in California’s public schools to learn and  — furthermore — this law constitutes a setback for good government.