Common Core State Standards

Shock Poll: 56% of Tennessee Teachers Want to Abandon Common Core

Shock Poll: 56% of Tennessee Teachers Want to Abandon Common Core

The Tennessean reports that a majority of teachers now oppose the Common Core State Standards. I’m sure that’s just because of misconceptions they have right? I mean really how will Fordham and other advocates spin this? We are not talking a small number of teachers surveyed either. 27,000 teachers were polled by the Tennessee Consortium […]

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Louisiana Legislative Audit Suggests Common Core Drives Curriculum

Louisiana Legislative Audit Suggests Common Core Drives Curriculum

On Monday the Louisiana Legislative Auditor issued a pro-Common Core report that declares the Common Core State Standards drive curriculum.  It even when so far to suggest that the problem with implementation is the lack of aligned curriculum. Below is a press release from Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s office: Citing challenges states and schools have […]

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Gates-Funded Group Targets Catholic Organization Over Common Core

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Gates-Funded Group Targets Catholic Organization Over Common Core

The Cardinal Newman Society reports that they are being targeted by a Gates-funded lobbying group over their “Catholic is our Core” initiative. They write: Sara Pruzin, a state operations associate for the Council for a Strong America (CSA) and former communications intern for U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, unwittingly contacted a Cardinal Newman Society leader […]

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How Common Core Advocates Ignored Early Childhood Experts

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How Common Core Advocates Ignored Early Childhood Experts

Carol Burris, Principal of South Side High School in New York, last week wrote about four “flimflams” in Common Core at The Washington Post’s Answer Sheet blog run by Valarie Strauss.  Flimflam #1 was this – “The Common Core standards are internationally benchmarked and grounded in research.” The fact that the Common Core is dataless […]

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Common Core Not Controversial in Washoe County? So Says – One Guy?

Common Core Not Controversial in Washoe County? So Says – One Guy?

On September 17, 2014, Mr. Robert Pondiscio of The Fordham Institute said, “Common Core is not controversial” in Washoe County. I think his editor may have left some words out of that sentence. My guess is it originally read – Common Core is not controversial in the office of Washoe County’s, curriculum and instruction specialist […]

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Missouri Activists Sue State of Missouri Over Common Core Payments

Missouri Activists Sue State of Missouri Over Common Core Payments

Gretchen Logue  and Anne Gassel  of the Missouri Coalition Against Common Core have joined Fred N. Sauer in filing a taxpayer lawsuit against Governor Nixon, Commissioner Nicastro, and other state officials.  The lawsuit challenges Missouri’s payment of taxpayer money to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, a consortium of states that is implementing tests aligned to […]

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Only 26% of Ohio Voters Support Common Core

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Only 26% of Ohio Voters Support Common Core

This week the Columbus Dispatch released a poll that shows the Common Core has little support among Ohio voters.  The poll of 1,185 registered voters has a +/- margin of error of 2.7 %. They asked the question of those surveyed, “from what you know, do you support or oppose the Common Core educational standards […]

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Common Core’s Latest PR Campaign Is Awfully Lame

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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

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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.

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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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