The “Common Core” is replacing STAR test in 2014!
Beginning in 2014-15 students in California will no longer be taking the STAR tests. They will be measured by assessments using the Common Core Standards. What does this mean? No more bubble in tests of only knowledge, but tests that measure critical thinking, advocacy writing, research skills, questioning of assumptions and even public speaking.
There is only one activity your student can participate in which provides instruction in every single Common Core standard. That activity is Debate.
While we believe debate to be the most single valuable skill students can acquire in school, now the entire educational establishment has come to see things our way. Minh Luong, an Associate Director at Yale University and others, say that debate is the most significant extracurricular activity on college applications, and now debate has become the single activity which can prepare your student for the latest educational reform.
And unlike schools all over the country struggling to rewrite curriculum and change their instructional methodology to deal with the Common Core, we have been doing it for decades. Debate is an off the shelf turnkey application for Common Core mastery.