Tag: Common Core State Standards

A Common Sense Approach to Common Core Math

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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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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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How Common Core Advocates Ignored Early Childhood Experts

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on September 23, 2014 0 Comments
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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Only 26% of Ohio Voters Support Common Core

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on September 17, 2014 0 Comments
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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Minnesota Students Pressured Over Opting Out of Assessments

Filed in Common Core Assessments by on September 16, 2014 25 Comments
Minnesota Students Pressured Over Opting Out of Assessments

A principal and science teacher in a southern Minnesota middle school tried to convince students who opted out of taking the NWEA MAP test last week that their parents misunderstood the assessments and were conveying false information to them about the nature of the assessments. Some students recorded their principal talking to students who opted […]

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Common Core’s Latest PR Campaign Is Awfully Lame

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on September 11, 2014 2 Comments
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: The Government’s Classroom Webcast

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on September 10, 2014 0 Comments
Common Core: The Government’s Classroom Webcast

If you missed last night’s webcast hosted by Family Research Council the archive is up. Guests included Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.), Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Dr. Sandra Stotsky of the University of Arkansas; Jane Robbins, Esq. of the American Principles Project; Dr. Neal McCluskey of the CATO Institute; and Will Estrada, Esq. of the Home […]

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