Who is In and Who Is Out of Common Core Assessment Consortia

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The Common Core Assessment Consortia count: Smarter Balanced – 22 members, PARCC – 14 members, with 17 states not belonging to either consortia.

What Assessment Is Louisiana Taking? It’s Not PARCC


Mercedes Schneider wrote a good piece on Friday that points out that Louisiana State Superintendent of Education John White says Louisiana is taking the PARCC assessments, but there is no way the state could possibly be administer PARCC. An excerpt: It is clear that Pearson is responsible for the PARCC assessments. It is also clear on […]

Robo-grading PARCC

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 […]

Video: Another Brick In Ohio

I had a friend email me this video on Friday.  I can’t believe I’ve not seen this gem.  Matthew Goforth and Frank Yano of the Anti-Common Core Club created this video that is a parody of “Another Brick in the Wall” by Pink Floyd. This video is far better than the goofy video Ohio-based Fordham Institute […]

New Mexico Judge’s Ruling Slows PARCC Implementation Process

The PARCC contract with Pearson is on hold until New Mexico reviews the bid process New Mexico District Court Judge Sarah Singleton ruled yesterday. The Albuquerque Journal reports: Earlier this month, PARCC awarded the contract to Pearson, an international education company, to administer the new exam, which will be taken online, and to create new […]

Looking for Feedback on Assessments

There are two items re. assessments that keep cropping up in my inbox that I would love to receive some feedback on from our readers. The first item I have been hearing about is the Behavioral and Emotional Screening System (BASC-2) by Pearson.  I’ve been told a number of school districts have implemented this.  What […]

Common Core Dollars Destroy Opportunities for ADHD Kids

Corporations buying into the federal healthcare data system using huge profits made from creating federal tests aligned with Common Core are destroying opportunities for ADHD kids. The fears of many parents of ADHD kids will likely come true. Their child’s opportunities will be limited by an inanimate object created by a corporation that the parent […]

Not Everything That Ails Public Education is Common Core

Awareness about the Common Core is up and that is good.  I’ve been thrilled by the interest and activism that is taking place on a national and state level.  In our zeal to stop something we see as harmful to American education it is easy to find the bogeyman, so to speak, hiding behind every […]

New York Principal Speaks Out on Ridiculous Common Core Test for 1st Graders

Below is an excerpt from a guest blog written by Carol Burris, Principal at South Side High School in New York.  She was named the 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.  In 2010 she was named the New […]

8th Grade History Teacher: Stop the Common Core

By C.E. White This week, President Obama will be sworn into office as the 45th President of the United States of America.  As a history teacher, I was elated to learn he would be placing his hand on two Bibles, one belonging to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the other belonging to President Abraham […]