Virginia’s Math Standards Align to Common Core by 95%


The News Leader reports that Virginia’s math standards align to the Common Core by 95% and Virginia parents are frustrated. You may remember that Virginia pulled out of the Common Core State Standards when former Governor Bob McDonnell (R-VA) was elected.  I noted in my essay in the book Common Ground on Common Core, Virginia […]

Will a Republican Congress End NCLB Waivers and Race to the Top?

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

When the new majority Republican Congress gavels in this January will they work to scale back Federal involvement in education that has grown under Obama?

Oklahoma Loses NCLB Waiver Over Common Core, Indiana Rebrand Rewarded

Politico reported yesterday that Oklahoma lost its ESEA (NCLB) flexibility waiver as a result of repealing Common Core.  Indiana, however, received a one-year extension. Both state repealed Common Core, but Indiana replaced theirs with a rebrand.  Oklahoma will be writing new standards and their process will be slower and more deliberate than the Hoosier effort […]

What Does the No Child Left Behind Waiver Mean for New Hampshire Public Schools?

New Hampshire was granted a waiver from the Federal “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) Act this week. According to Gov. Maggie Hassan’s press release she said: “New Hampshire is now free to pursue more effective and innovative ways to address the needs of all our students and prepare them for the jobs of the 21st […]

Debunking Misconceptions: “The Common Core is State-Led”

I thought that I would start a series on common misconceptions related to the Common Core State Standards.  I don’t know how frequently I’ll come back to this series, but as these misconceptions come up or as I hear them I want to address them.  The first is one that I hear quite frequently and […]

Arne Duncan in a Second Obama Term

Over at EdWeek Michele McNeil wrote about five issues facing Education Secretary Arne Duncan going into a 2nd Obama term.  I wanted to highlight three of them: First the strings that came along with the No Child Left Behind waivers… Waivers: His crew has approved No Child Left Behind flexibility applications for 34 states plus […]

Race-Based Academic Goals

I couldn’t let news out of Florida late last week go by without comment.  CBS Tampa reported that the Florida State Board of Education passed a plan for racially-based academic goals. On Tuesday, the board passed a revised strategic plan that says that by 2018, it wants 90 percent of Asian students, 88 percent of […]

“Supplement, Not Supplant” Requirement Leaves States in a Bind

Unintended consequences, they always exist with well-meaning, but poorly thought out plans.  The NCLB waivers and the Race to the Top funds are no different.  It’s something we have warned about.  These new policies that states put in place in order to satisfy the requirements to apply for either the waiver or the funds will […]