Sandra Stotsky: Since all states today use Common Core-aligned tests, that means almost all schools (including public charter schools) teach to Common Core’s standards.
Sandra Stotsky: CAEP through their embrace of the Common Core State Standards may well be handicapping the teacher preparation programs it has accredited.
Sandra Stotsky: All students, including minority students, need academically stronger teachers, whether in North Carolina or Massachusetts.
Sandra Stotsky: So why have magnet schools and technical schools been so ignored by the research on school choice and by educators still seeking to address the Coleman report?
Sandra Stotsky: Will prospective primary grade school teachers ever learn, if teacher education policy makers read Common Core-aligned research?
Instead of calling local school boards into question, we should examine whether the U.S. DOE, state boards and state departments of education are needed.
Below is the report I sent to Governor Pence on April 8, 2014 containing the suggestions of four Indiana high school English teachers and over 20 literary scholars for improving Common Core’s English language arts (ELA) standards (mostly cut-and-pasted into Indiana’s draft #2, which was released on March 14, 2014 by Claire Fiddian-Green, Pence’s education […]
On April 14, American Enterprise Institute’s Rick Hess and Mike McShane charged me in a blog on National Review Online with not coming up with “next steps” to “repeal and replace” for states that want to restore academic integrity to their K-12 curriculum in English language arts and mathematics. I’m almost but not quite exhausted […]
Local school boards must take action now. They still have the legal authority in every single state even if they are told they don’t, or think they don’t. They must, upon petition by parents asap, vote (1) to allow parents to opt-out their children from any Common Core-based test (pilot, field, or regular); (2) to […]
When states adopted Common Core’s mathematics standards, they were told (among other things) that these standards would make all high school students “college- and career-ready” and strengthen the critical pipeline for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). However, with the exception of a few standards in trigonometry, the math standards end after Algebra II, as […]