Sandra Stotsky: Some states may seem to be changing their K-12 math and English Language Arts standards right now. But check the details.
Dr. Sandra Stotsky: It is time for the Bay State’s own legislature to do some prolonged investigations of the costs and benefits of “performance-based assessments.” before agreeing to their possibility.
Sandra Stotsky: To know why kids who, at the end of 3rd grade, have low reading achievement we should look at how their teachers were trained and tested.
Sandra Stotsky: Since all states today use Common Core-aligned tests, that means almost all schools (including public charter schools) teach to Common Core’s standards.
Sandra Stotsky: CAEP through their embrace of the Common Core State Standards may well be handicapping the teacher preparation programs it has accredited.
Sandra Stotsky: All students, including minority students, need academically stronger teachers, whether in North Carolina or Massachusetts.
Sandra Stotsky: So why have magnet schools and technical schools been so ignored by the research on school choice and by educators still seeking to address the Coleman report?
Sandra Stotsky: Will prospective primary grade school teachers ever learn, if teacher education policy makers read Common Core-aligned research?
Instead of calling local school boards into question, we should examine whether the U.S. DOE, state boards and state departments of education are needed.
Below is the report I sent to Governor Pence on April 8, 2014 containing the suggestions of four Indiana high school English teachers and over 20 literary scholars for improving Common Core’s English language arts (ELA) standards (mostly cut-and-pasted into Indiana’s draft #2, which was released on March 14, 2014 by Claire Fiddian-Green, Pence’s education […]