Ze’ev Wurman

senior fellow, American Principles Project
Speaking at

researchED Washington


Common Core and its assessment: lessons to learnCommon Core was supposed to bring with it a “new generation” of testing, which the federal government supported by funding two multi state assessment consortia. Those consortia promised to modernize testing with technology, and to probe deeper student knowledge via new types of test items, in the name of more efficient time-wise, and more reliable depth-wise, testing. How did this work out in reality? This session will review the implementation efforts of the new testing and evaluate it in the context of their original promises.


Ze’ev Wurman is a senior fellow with the American Principles Project. He participated in developing California’s education standards and the state assessments in mathematics between 1995 and 2007 in various capacities. Between 2007 and 2009 he served as a senior policy adviser with the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC. In 2010 Wurman served on the California Academic Content Standards Commission that evaluated the suitability of the Common Core standards for California and was one of its two members who voted against their adoption for California.