May 15, 2012

No common sense to Common Core

I found this in the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts:
Certain measures are less valid or inappropriate for certain kinds of texts. Current quantitative measures are suitable for prose and dramatic texts. Until such time as quantitative tools for capturing poetry’s difficulty are developed, determining whether a poem is appropriately complex for a given grade or grade band will necessarily be a matter of a qualitative assessment meshed with reader-task considerations.
Huh? If you can explain it, please do so, because I can't make sense of it.