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Reading Requires Outside Knowledge

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on September 30, 2014 0 Comments
Reading Requires Outside Knowledge

Daniel Willingham is a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia and he wrote a piece at Real Clear Education entitled “Common Core and ‘Close Reading’: Effectiveness Questionable without Outside Knowledge” that is worth a read. He points out that close reading entails rereading the text kids are working with and then dealing mainly […]

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Shock Poll: 56% of Tennessee Teachers Want to Abandon Common Core

Shock Poll: 56% of Tennessee Teachers Want to Abandon Common Core

The Tennessean reports that a majority of teachers now oppose the Common Core State Standards. I’m sure that’s just because of misconceptions they have right? I mean really how will Fordham and other advocates spin this? We are not talking a small number of teachers surveyed either. 27,000 teachers were polled by the Tennessee Consortium […]

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Louisiana Legislative Audit Suggests Common Core Drives Curriculum

Louisiana Legislative Audit Suggests Common Core Drives Curriculum

On Monday the Louisiana Legislative Auditor issued a pro-Common Core report that declares the Common Core State Standards drive curriculum.  It even when so far to suggest that the problem with implementation is the lack of aligned curriculum. Below is a press release from Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s office: Citing challenges states and schools have […]

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Gates-Funded Group Targets Catholic Organization Over Common Core

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on September 24, 2014 0 Comments
Gates-Funded Group Targets Catholic Organization Over Common Core

The Cardinal Newman Society reports that they are being targeted by a Gates-funded lobbying group over their “Catholic is our Core” initiative. They write: Sara Pruzin, a state operations associate for the Council for a Strong America (CSA) and former communications intern for U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, unwittingly contacted a Cardinal Newman Society leader […]

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How Common Core Advocates Ignored Early Childhood Experts

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on September 23, 2014 0 Comments
How Common Core Advocates Ignored Early Childhood Experts

Carol Burris, Principal of South Side High School in New York, last week wrote about four “flimflams” in Common Core at The Washington Post’s Answer Sheet blog run by Valarie Strauss.  Flimflam #1 was this – “The Common Core standards are internationally benchmarked and grounded in research.” The fact that the Common Core is dataless […]

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Common Core Not Controversial in Washoe County? So Says – One Guy?

Common Core Not Controversial in Washoe County? So Says – One Guy?

On September 17, 2014, Mr. Robert Pondiscio of The Fordham Institute said, “Common Core is not controversial” in Washoe County. I think his editor may have left some words out of that sentence. My guess is it originally read – Common Core is not controversial in the office of Washoe County’s, curriculum and instruction specialist […]

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Missouri Activists Sue State of Missouri Over Common Core Payments

Missouri Activists Sue State of Missouri Over Common Core Payments

Gretchen Logue  and Anne Gassel  of the Missouri Coalition Against Common Core have joined Fred N. Sauer in filing a taxpayer lawsuit against Governor Nixon, Commissioner Nicastro, and other state officials.  The lawsuit challenges Missouri’s payment of taxpayer money to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, a consortium of states that is implementing tests aligned to […]

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Feds Bypass States to Get Local Districts to Sign “Future Ready District Pledge”

Filed in Federalized Education by on September 18, 2014 2 Comments
Feds Bypass States to Get Local Districts to Sign “Future Ready District Pledge”

Missouri Education Watchdog first reported today that the U.S. Department of Education has sent out a letter to Superintendents of local school districts explaining their “future ready district pledge.” You can find the letter here and I also have the text below: Dear Superintendent, As one of more than 16,000 superintendents leading school districts across […]

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Only 26% of Ohio Voters Support Common Core

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on September 17, 2014 0 Comments
Only 26% of Ohio Voters Support Common Core

This week the Columbus Dispatch released a poll that shows the Common Core has little support among Ohio voters.  The poll of 1,185 registered voters has a +/- margin of error of 2.7 %. They asked the question of those surveyed, “from what you know, do you support or oppose the Common Core educational standards […]

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Minnesota Students Pressured Over Opting Out of Assessments

Filed in Common Core Assessments by on September 16, 2014 25 Comments
Minnesota Students Pressured Over Opting Out of Assessments

A principal and science teacher in a southern Minnesota middle school tried to convince students who opted out of taking the NWEA MAP test last week that their parents misunderstood the assessments and were conveying false information to them about the nature of the assessments. Some students recorded their principal talking to students who opted […]

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