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New Jersey, Maryland & Washington Link Common Core Tests to Graduation

Filed in Common Core Assessments by on October 13, 2014 1 Comment
New Jersey, Maryland & Washington Link Common Core Tests to Graduation

Christian Science Monitor had an article last week point to three states: New Jersey, Maryland, and Washington who are forging ahead linking Common Core assessments to graduation. For those of us who have been watching Common Core implementation we are not surprised by speed bumps that they are encountering: The challenges being encountered by New […]

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Smarter Balanced Gets a Foothold in Washington State Universities

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Smarter Balanced Gets a Foothold in Washington State Universities

Education Week reported that state universities in Washington will use Smarter Balanced Assessment for 11th graders in their course placement decisions. The announcement is significant because it puts teeth into the most pivotal claim of the common-core initiative: that a “college ready” score on consortium tests means a student is prepared to perform well in […]

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Math Society Presidents, Not Societies Themselves Endorsed Common Core

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Math Society Presidents, Not Societies Themselves Endorsed Common Core

Sandra Stotsky wrote a blog post on Pioneer Institute’s blog that deserves attention.  You’ll get the gist in the opening paragraph: Stanford University mathematics professor R. James Milgram included an informative e-mail in his packet of information for state legislators when he testified at a hearing on Common Core in Milledgeville, Georgia on September 24, […]

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Adult Classes for Common Core Math?

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Adult Classes for Common Core Math?

Common Core math is so *great* that in Nevada they are offering classes to help parents understand it. That’s where Bill Hanlon comes in. Hanlon is director of the Regional Professional Development Program of Southern Nevada, created by the Nevada Legislature to help train teachers. But he’s also providing education for parents — free classes […]

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Rand Paul Pokes Jeb Bush Indirectly on Common Core

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Rand Paul Pokes Jeb Bush Indirectly on Common Core

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) will be the first in a line of prospective 2016 candidates who will ding former Florida Governor Jeb Bush on his love affair with the Common Core.  Future swipes won’t be so indirect. Paul told Breitbart.com that support for the Common Core will be a non-starter. “I don’t see Common Core […]

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800 Attend Common Core Forum in SW Louisiana

800 Attend Common Core Forum in SW Louisiana

KPEL 96.5 FM in Louisiana reports that approximately 800 residents attended a Common Core forum held at Sam Houston High School in Calcasieu Parish. The meeting was attended by Calcasieu Parish School System officials, as well as Board of Elementary of Secondary Education members and members of the area’s legislative delegation. State. Rep. Brett Geymann, […]

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Parents Speak Out in Building The Machine

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Parents Speak Out in Building The Machine

HSLDA released Part 2 of their Common Core documentary Building The Machine.  I just finished watching it this morning.  They focus on New York parents since that state has been ahead of everyone else in terms of implementation.  It would have been good to hear from some Kentucky parents as well, but you get a […]

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A Common Sense Approach to Common Core Math

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on October 1, 2014 1 Comment
A Common Sense Approach to Common Core Math

Barry Garelick is providing a great service to parents and teachers who have no choice but to navigate through the Common Core Math waters.  Garelick has a degree in Mathematics from the University of Michigan and after retiring from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency he sought out credentials to teach secondary math in California. He […]

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Reading Requires Outside Knowledge

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on September 30, 2014 0 Comments
Reading Requires Outside Knowledge

Daniel Willingham is a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia and he wrote a piece at Real Clear Education entitled “Common Core and ‘Close Reading’: Effectiveness Questionable without Outside Knowledge” that is worth a read. He points out that close reading entails rereading the text kids are working with and then dealing mainly […]

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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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