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 […]

Robo-grading PARCC

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Politico Morning Edition yesterday had a follow up to Pearson’s development of a computer algorithm that would grade the essay section of the PARCC assessment.  The vote on whether to approve Pearson’s plan has been delayed.  Inquiring minds want to know why and inquiring minds were left to inquire.  PARCC is not extremely forthcoming with […]

Scott Walker Continues Call for Common Core Repeal in Wisconsin

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker reiterated his call to see Wisconsin have their own standards.  Common Core became a wedge issue between Walker and his Democrat challenger Mary Burke. USA Today reported last week: “One of the things I mentioned throughout the campaign that I wanted to do early on is an overall education reform package,” […]

Tennessee Common Core Replacement Bills Filed


Yesterday there were two Common Core bills filed in the Tennessee Legislature.  State Senator Dolores Gresham (R-Somerset) introduced SB 4, that would create a Tennessee Standards Commission who would develop new standards that would then be voted on by the Tennessee State Board of Education.  The bill looks similar to North Carolina’s recent bill that […]

Common Core Contracts Are Lucrative


The Wall Street Journal reports about the haggling over Common Core contracts as they are quite lucrative. Excerpt: As states race to implement the Common Core academic standards, companies are fighting for a slice of the accompanying testing market, expected to be worth billions of dollars in coming years. That jockeying has brought allegations of […]

White vs. Petrilli


Jenni White, President of Restore Oklahoma Public Education debated Michael Petrilli, President of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute at an event entitled, “Common Core Chaos?”  The debate was held on November 11th at the Oklahoma Wesleyan University campus in Bartlesville.  If you missed it you can watch the video below, you can read Jenni’s opening […]

Bill Filed in Kentucky House to Repeal Common Core and NGSS


Kentucky State Representative Thomas Kerr (R-Taylor Mill) prefiled a bill in the Kentucky House back in September that would repeal the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards in the state of Kentucky. Here is the language of the bill.  AN ACT relating to public school standards. Create a new section to KRS […]

An Ohio Parent Seeks to ‘Strike’ Over Common Core


The Medina Gazette reports that a parent in their community plans to withdraw her student from her public elementary school over Common Core and she hopes other parents will do the same. Rene Antonio, of Harrisville Township, plans to withdraw her second-grade daughter from Cloverleaf Elementary School on Dec. 15 and she’s hoping other parents […]

Jindal to Join Louisiana Lawmakers’ Common Core Lawsuit


The battle over Common Core rages on in the Bayou State as Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal filed paperwork to join several state lawmakers who are suing the state department of education and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported late last week. “We are excited about the governor joining our […]

A Mandate to Repeal Common Core in Arizona?


The Arizona State Superintendent of Public Instruction-Elect Diane Douglas says that her victory last Tuesday is a mandate to repeal Common Core. The Associated Press via The Arizona Daily Star reports: Arizona’s next Superintendent of Public Instruction says her victory is a mandate to end new school standards known as Common Core. Diane Douglas says […]