School Districts Uncertain About Common Core Assessments

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From The Washington Post: But most leaders leaders of 187 school districts who responded to the survey last spring by the Center on Education Policy, a non-partisan think tank housed at George Washington University, anticipate logistical problems. About three-fourths, or 76 percent, of districts said they face either major or minor challenges, including a lack […]

“Teachers Love Common Core..” Well Not So Much

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Gallup released some more polling information on the Common Core State Standards. They found that teachers were pretty divided on the Common Core with more teachers having a negative opinion. Only 15% had a very positive view with 26% who said they had a somewhat positive view. 28% of teachers said they had a somewhat […]

(Video) New England “Fall Out” From Common Core

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No Common Core Maine sponsored a conference last weekend entitled New England “Fall Out” From Common Core held in York, ME.  The conference included speakers such as Dr. Sandra Stotsky, Dr. Mercedes Schneider, Dr. Peg Luksik, Ann Marie Banfield, Erin Tuttle, Jamie Gass and Heidi Sampson  Below are videos from the different sessions.

Civil Rights Groups to Obama: Drop Test-Based Accountability System

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Eleven civil rights groups sent a letter on Tuesday urging President Obama, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Congressional and State educational leaders to drop the test-based K-12 accountability system.  They join a chorus of parents who are speaking out against the high-stakes testing culture.  Here is the text of the letter. President Obama, Secretary Duncan, […]

“The best that can be said for Common Core is that it encourages home-schooling.”

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The title quote comes from Robby Soave at Reason.  Excerpt: I can understand the desire to impose some amount of standardized testing on schoolchildren for the purposes of measuring teacher effectiveness. But there comes a point where the insanity of computerized exams for five-year-olds trumps any legitimate interest taxpayers may have in holding teachers accountable […]

North Dakota Governor Gladly Sacrifices Student Privacy for Free Tech

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North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple announced on Monday that students in his state would get access to free, FREE! cloud computing ala Microsoft Office 365 and EduTech. At what cost? I’m sure Microsoft is giving licenses away out of the goodness of their hearts. From the press release Governor Dalrymple’s office sent out: Gov. Jack […]

Gallup Poll Shows Growing Opposition Among Public School Parents, Republicans

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Gallup took another poll of the Common Core State Standards. They found a sharp divide among public school parents. Based on what parents heard and learned 35% had a negative opinion of the Common Core State Standards, 33% had a positive view, and 32% had either no opinion or they were not familiar. Contrast that […]

What Will Bill Haslam Actually Do About Common Core?

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Just in case you missed this story The Tennessean reported that Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s tone on Common Core is changing. “For me, it shouldn’t be about the name and what we call it, the battle should be about: Are we going to have high standards or not and what exactly should those standards be?” […]

Rick Perry Makes Common Core a Campaign Issue in North Carolina

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Texas Governor Rick Perry was in North Carolina stumping for North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis the Republican running against U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC). The News Observer reports: Perry also had high praise for Tillis, the marquee candidate at the rally. “He will go to Washington, D.C., and do everything he can to dismantle […]

The Millstone of the Common Core

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Paul Waldman writing at the Washington Post is right.  Jeb Bush’s biggest problem should he run for President isn’t his last name, it’s the position he has taken on several issues.  The one that pertains to this site and our readers would be, obviously, his role as a cheerleader and apologist for the Common Core […]