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Common Core State Standards Initiative

Gearing Up For Opting Out Of High-Stakes Tests

Alan Singer | Posted 03.22.2017 | Education
Alan Singer

New York State Allies for Public Education (NYSAPE), Long Island Opt Out, New York BATs, NYC Opt Out and Stronger Together, are gearing up their op-ou...

They Voted For Trump. Now, They Say He's Already Broken His Education Promise

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 03.14.2017 | Politics

Donald Trump wasn’t Stacey Gyorgyi’s first choice for president ― but when she stepped into a Georgia voting booth and placed a ballot for him i...

Sophisticated Bots Are Influencing The Debate Around Education

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 03.06.2017 | Politics

If you’ve only read about the Common Core State Standards on Twitter or fringe blogs, you might think that they were designed to indoctrinate kids a...

Failure Is a Part of Success: The Gates Foundation Should Be Praised for Owning Up

Peter Cunningham | Posted 06.03.2016 | Education
Peter Cunningham

A recent editorial suggested that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been characterized by hubris. It has hedged big bets, hoping its efforts would succeed. It's also suffered failure and for that it's been criticized as having exercised too much influence over education policy.

Wait, Tell Me Again What Common Core Is?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Common Core Will Make Our Kids Smarter! No, It Will Make Them Dumber! Common Core Will Make Kids Enjoy School More! No, It Will Permit the Totalitaria...

How Would You Score On A Third-Grade Common Core Math Test?

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics

If you've wondered how you would perform in school under the new Common Core State Standards, New York state just made it easier to find out. This ...

Common Core Leaders Are Not Fans Of This Difficult Math Problem

| Sarah Garland | Posted 03.31.2014 | Parents

It may be the first time a math problem has gone viral on the Internet. A frustrated father posted a subtraction problem from his second-grade son...

This Is How Teachers Really Feel About The Common Core

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics

Teachers are not shying away from the challenges of implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). A Scholastic and Bill & Melinda Gates Fou...

Would You Like Fries With Your iPad?

David Lyell | Posted 03.23.2014 | Education
David Lyell

I know board members care deeply about public education. But as recently deceased board member Ms. Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte said about students, and I think you could apply this to the board's relationship with the public: "They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."

Student Success Requires Action, Not Delay

Chris Minnich | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Chris Minnich

From coast to coast, in states both red and blue, wide adoption of the academic goals for math and English embodied in the Common Core State Standards is leading to an intense focus on ensuring that all students are successful after high school.

How Does The Common Core Compare To Previous Standards?

| Sarah Garland | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics

A major requirement for the Common Core State Standards was that they be internationally benchmarked. But there has been debate about how well the sta...

Is The Common Core Standards Initiative In Trouble? | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently met with Chamber of Commerce leaders and urged them to be more vocal and forceful in defending the Common Cor...

Joy Resmovits

Teachers Can't Get No Satisfaction, Says Survey | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.21.2013 | Politics

As school districts continued to cut budgets, increase class sizes, and implement teacher performance evaluations, teachers' job satisfaction plummet...

The Role of Fiction in the High School English Language Arts Classroom

Susan Pimentel | Posted 02.10.2013 | Education
Susan Pimentel

Said plainly, stories, drama, poetry, and other literature account for the majority of reading that students will do in the high school ELA classroom.

New Standardized Tests Coming Next Week

Posted 11.28.2012 | Education

Pennsylvania school districts are set to administer the first wave of new statewide standardized tests, which students must pass in order to graduate ...

N.Y. Teacher Rallies Against Common Core State Tests, Says Math Is Too Difficult

Posted 10.29.2012 | Education

William Gotsch, a fourth-grade teacher at Madrid-Waddington Central School in Madrid, N.Y., is urging the state to revisit its new education standards...

Report Highlights States' Efforts To Ensure College- And Career-Readiness

Posted 09.13.2012 | Education

For its seventh annual “Closing the Expectations Gap” report, Achieve surveyed all 50 states and the District of Columbia about their college- and...

Georgia Students Return To School To New Common Core Standards

Posted 07.27.2012 | Education

When Georgia students return to school this year, they will be taught in accordance with the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) in math...

Yet Another State Stops Teaching Cursive In Schools

Posted 10.01.2011 | Education

Hawaii is joining several states across the country that are dropping cursive writing from mandatory school curriculum. The Aloha state has adopted...

Defining 'Deeper Thought' In American Schools

Peter Meyer | Posted 07.14.2011 | Education
Peter Meyer

If we're serious about winning the future or teaching children critical thinking skills or how to think deeply, we better get them a comprehensive, rigorous, and content specific curriculum.

The Kids Are Alright. Or Are They?

Diane Bryant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Diane Bryant

As pundits, influencers and personalities debate, shouldn't we hear more from the minds to be molded? How do our students feel about their ability to compete, our ability to compete and the role of the education system?