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Minnesota Students Pressured Over Opting Out of Assessments

Filed in Common Core Assessments by on September 16, 2014 15 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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A Vocabulary Lesson

Filed in Uncategorized by on September 13, 2014 0 Comments
A Vocabulary Lesson

 

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Common Core’s Latest PR Campaign Is Awfully Lame

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on September 11, 2014 2 Comments
Common Core’s Latest PR Campaign Is Awfully Lame

Common Core still hasn’t found its softer, fuzzy side. Opponents have video of exasperated kids, we don’t need to produce a video with actors when we can talk to real moms, dads, and kids.  On the other side Six One Seven Studios, a group of filmmakers who want to help get the word out about […]

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Common Core Math Anxiety Personified in a 2nd Grader

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on September 10, 2014 17 Comments
Common Core Math Anxiety Personified in a 2nd Grader

A single mother in Louisiana gave me permission to share the video below of her child expressing frustration over her new Common Core-aligned homework.  She told me, “I hate sharing the video of my baby crying, but we’ve got to get this out of our schools.”  She has four children and they all are having […]

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How Common Core and The New SAT Lower College Standards in the U.S.

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on September 10, 2014 0 Comments
How Common Core and The New SAT Lower College Standards in the U.S.

Pioneer Institute released this week another white paper.  The paper entitled “The Revenge of K-12: How Common Core and the New SAT Lower College Standards in the U.S.” was authored by Richard Phelps and James Milgram. Pioneer’s description of the paper: This white paper presents evidence that Common Core math standards’ (CCMS) weak Algebra II […]

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Common Core: The Government’s Classroom Webcast

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Common Core: The Government’s Classroom Webcast

If you missed last night’s webcast hosted by Family Research Council the archive is up. Guests included Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.), Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Dr. Sandra Stotsky of the University of Arkansas; Jane Robbins, Esq. of the American Principles Project; Dr. Neal McCluskey of the CATO Institute; and Will Estrada, Esq. of the Home […]

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What Does a Quality Textbook Look Like?

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on September 9, 2014 3 Comments
What Does a Quality Textbook Look Like?

There’s an interesting new concern being voiced by Common Core leaders: “What does a quality textbook look like?” Here’s a non-nuanced, concrete answer, especially for mathematics textbooks: “It gets results and doesn’t chase kids out of math.” And, yes, such textbooks do exist. It’s not surprising that the issue of quality textbooks has come up […]

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Louisiana Activists Urge Vitter to Reconsider His Support for Common Core

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on September 4, 2014 0 Comments
Louisiana Activists Urge Vitter to Reconsider His Support for Common Core

Early last month U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-LA) said that he strongly supports the Common Core in his state putting him at odds with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal who signed an executive order pulling his state out of Common Core and PARCC, only to have that action blocked in court.  Jindal has since filed a […]

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James Milgram Discusses Common Core Math Standards on Fox Business

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on September 4, 2014 1 Comment
James Milgram Discusses Common Core Math Standards on Fox Business

Stanford University Mathematician and former Common Core validation committee member Dr. James Milgram discusses his concerns with the Common Core Math Standards on the Fox Business Network yesterday. You can watch below: Watch the latest video at video.foxbusiness.com    

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Lee County School Board Bullied Into Rescinding Vote to Ban Assessments

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Lee County School Board Bullied Into Rescinding Vote to Ban Assessments

The State of Florida bullied the Lee County School Board into rescinding its previous vote banning all assessments in the Southwest Florida school district. The state threatened the district saying they would “lose hundreds of millions of dollars in funding and that its graduates diplomas would be worthless.” Here is the video coverage from the […]

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