If CCS succeeds in pushing fiction reading out of the classroom in favor of practical text, that'll be a terrible loss. Read what one English teacher in a NYC public high school says about teach to the test and how standardized tests find all the wrong things to grade in the name of creating data about students.
Taking Emotions Out of Our Schools
Teaching English simply for test preparation rather than to develop a love of literature is a mistake. …By “using data to inform instruction,” as the Department of Education insists we do, we are sorting lower-achieving students into classes that provide less cultural capital than their already mo…