Depending on your answers to the above questions, you may choose to take a more active role in your child’s mental/knowledge and thinking development. You may want to consider moving away from the standardization taught in schools and consider more personalized development with occasional aid from a teacher to assist your child reach the extent of his/her possibilities. Standardization ,which was created with the intentions of helping students prepare for college, has actually made matters worse for young students. The common core standards were drafted by academics and assessment “experts,” many with ties to testing companies. A well known foundation provided $160 million to fund the roll out. Common Core was created in 2009 and was meant to “even the playing field” by giving every state a universal set of standards by which to measure learning. A basic flaw in design was the fact that no two minds develop or think the same way.
The two most critical results from common core are:
- The obsession with high-stakes standardized tests is stifling creativity and imagination in the classroom. The overemphasis on testing has led many teachers to eliminate projects and activities that provide students with an opportunity to be creative and imaginative. Scripted curriculum has become the norm in many classrooms.
- Standardized tests are used in high-stakes ways to evaluate and punish teachers.
Until recently, schools have always been skeptical of standards imposed from outside sources. Too many standards projects have been efforts to move decisions about teaching and learning away from educators and schools and put them in the hands of distant bureaucracies and politicians. AYM is a learning program that provides school administrations and teachers with real time data for each student and allows them to know where students might need help in real time.
Accelerating Young Minds: Providing a Balanced Learning Experience for Each Student
Sample of A Continuous Recording of Each Student’s Personal Performance
(Maintained and consolidated over the years of use of AYM )