Reading scores stagnant after Common Core banishes literary classics from schools nationwide


The work of legendary fiction writers is being banished to the school used-book sale thanks to Common Core standards that require students read less fiction and more nonfiction, a mandate some are attributing to students’ mediocre performance in math and reading.

The Daily Caller has the details:

The adoption and implementation of the Common Core State Standards Initiative in more than 40 states around the country since 2010 has wrought two major changes: (1) a notable decrease in the use of fiction and literature in America’s reading and English classes and (2) lower reading and math scores on the U.S. Department of Education-mandated National Assessment of Educational Progress …

The nonfiction-heavy reading regime has forced English teachers nationwide to ditch short stories, poetry and literary classics such as “Huckleberry Finn” and “The Great Gatsby” in favor of dry how-to manuals and dated dispatches from the Federal Reserve …

As far as test scores, scores under the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) have failed to increase — and possibly decreased — since the implementation of Common Core.

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