Why Would Catholic Educators Listen to Chester Finn?

Blanchet Catholic School - Salem, OR
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I’m not Catholic so I’ll need some of my readers to explain why Catholic educators and education leaders would listen to Fordham Institute’s Chester Finn?  Last week Flypaper published an excerpt of his talk to “a private group of Catholic education leaders and philanthropists.” Here is where he would have lost me entirely. First, families […]

“The PARCC test is neither valid nor reliable as a measure.”


I wrote yesterday that U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has decided (for now) not to take sides in a dispute between Chicago Public Schools and the Illinois Department of Education over PARCC.  CPS says they want to delay taking PARCC for a year due to concerns they have.  Illinois says let’s pull the trigger […]

Arne Duncan Stays Out of CPS-Illinois Fight Over PARCC


The Chicago Sun Times reports that U.S. Secretary of Education (and former CEO of Chicago Public Schools) Arne Duncan will stay out of the “tussle” between the state of Illinois and Chicago Public Schools are having over when the school district should start PARCC. Illinois wants to role it out this spring, CPS says not […]

U.S. DOE Gives Oklahoma Its NCLB Waiver Back


The U.S. Department of Education announced yesterday that they gave Oklahoma its NCLB flexibility waiver back.  It was taken from them after Oklahoma repealed Common Core. From their press release: In August, Oklahoma was unable to demonstrate that it had college- and career-ready standards in place, a key principle in ESEA flexibility, which is why the […]

Common Core Can Close Gender Achievement Gap?

University of Miami President Donna Shalala

University of Miami President Donna Shalala penned an op/ed for the Miami Herald claiming that the Common Core can close the achievement gap for girls. She wrote: With Common Core’s more engaging and challenging standards, we can narrow the gender achievement gap that begins early and worsens by eighth grade, particularly for black and Hispanic […]

Jeb Bush Will Go Down Swinging on Common Core

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush defended the Common Core State Standards in his keynote speech at the Foundation for Educational Excellence’s National Summit on Education Reform yesterday.  He’s the only prospective Republican presidential candidate to do so.  He are a few things he said about Common Core. This is why the debate over the Common […]

New Math: Another Example of Modern Education Stupidity


Dr. Raj Shah, founder of Math Plus Academy, released a video last week entitled, “Why Math is Different” in order to defend the new math utilized by Common Core-aligned curriculum.  In the video he sought to “clear up parents’ misconceptions” about the new math. Truth in American Education asked two math experts to offer a […]

Smarter Balanced Has Lots of Room for Improvement


Doug McRae is a retired educational measurement specialist who has served as an educational testing company executive in charge of design and development of K-12 tests widely used across the United States, as well as an adviser on the initial design and development of California’s STAR assessment system.  He’s knows just a little something about […]

Alabama Baptists Call for Common Core Repeal


Last year the Alabama Baptist Convention passed a resolution that stopped short of calling for the repeal of the Common Core State Standards.  At this year’s annual meeting they passed a resolution that called for a full repeal.  The convention that met last week at Lakeside Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL passed the resolution without […]

Thousands of Colorado 12th Graders Opt-Out of New Assessment


More than 5,000 Colorado 12th graders opted out of a new state-mandated science and social studies assessment last week. Here are some excerpts of local coverage: Chalkbeat Colorado: Instead of taking the state’s science and social studies tests, seniors at Fairview High School (in Boulder) braved below-zero temperatures to rally against a testing system they […]