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The Real NAEP Stories Live in the States

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 11.20.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

By now everyone who cares about National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results might be sick of thinking about them, in part because the 2015 results from what is often called the nation's report card were -- let's face it -- depressing.

The Common Core State Standards Are Good for Democrats and Republicans

Bill Richardson | Posted 10.08.2015 | Education
Bill Richardson

The fact is, these standards are good for everyone. That's why none of the efforts to repeal the standards this year--that's zero--have succeeded. And for the sake of our students, I'm proud to say I'm confident they never will.

The Institutional Racism Behind Getting to Proficient

Dr. Ebbie Parsons, III | Posted 09.23.2015 | Business
Dr. Ebbie Parsons, III

The expectations in affluent communities are far greater than getting to proficient and instead focus on AP exam scores, Tier 1 college admissions, and "Advanced Proficient" percentages. Few people outside of education actually know what "proficient" means as it relates to the recently implemented common core standards.

Rising Tides: Building a Better New Orleans for Our Students

Erika McConduit-Diggs | Posted 09.03.2015 | Black Voices
Erika McConduit-Diggs

Ten years have passed since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and as we commemorate that fateful August day and its aftermath, we should also remember to celebrate one of the most remarkable stories of New Orleans' recovery--its students.

Barbecuing [With] the Common Core

Stephen Chiger | Posted 08.21.2015 | Education
Stephen Chiger

As the 2016 presidential race revs up, we can expect that the Common Core standards will remain the boogeyman of U.S. education. A mere mention of their name is enough to inspire terror.

Common Core in a Little Town in Arkansas

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 08.20.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

A colleague and I wanted to understand how could this little school where so many kids are learning English, and so many come from low-income families, be performing toward the top of the state?

What We Know, What We Do -- A Contradiction

Steve Nelson | Posted 08.17.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

For kids who are intelligent in different ways, who develop more slowly, or who are sensitive or quirky, the educational system has been especially ineffective. Many such folks find their way outside of, or in spite of, school, but the system has always served them poorly.

Teaching the Common Core 30 Years Ago

Vicki Cobb | Posted 08.05.2015 | Education
Vicki Cobb

The teachers didn't have to waste time filling in checklists to prove that they had met these standards because they are internalized in high-quality teaching.

Why Reading to Learn Is Seldom Taught; Part II

Vicki Cobb | Posted 08.10.2015 | Education
Vicki Cobb

In my last post, where I posited that high-quality trade books, like those in the picture, have a hard time getting into classrooms, several people challenged me: Where did I get my information?

A Nation Adrift

Jack Jennings | Posted 07.14.2015 | Education
Jack Jennings

Improving teaching and learning in the classroom should have been the focus of attention, not tests and charter schools. "Fast and dirty" solutions, such as pressuring teachers to raise test scores, were a mistake.

Ten Signs Your Child Is in a Failing School District

Randy Turner | Posted 07.01.2015 | Education
Randy Turner

In these days of Common Core State Standards and continuing attacks on public education by billionaires and their bought-and-paid-for legislators, parents need a few guidelines on how to tell if their child is in a failing school district.

Arne Duncan: These Are The Things Parents Should Demand From Schools

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics

Certain educational rights should be universal, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Friday. While speaking at the 2015 National Parent Tea...

The End of EPGY--Or, One Fewer Common Core Escape Route

Nicholas Tampio | Posted 06.23.2015 | Education
Nicholas Tampio

A few years ago, the students at the local elementary school took an exam for admission to EPGY, a math enrichment program run by Stanford University. Our son earned admission and has subsequently worked independently on online math assignments and met monthly with other students in the program.

5 Extreme Things The Common Core Has Done To Children In The Past 5 Years, According To Opponents

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

A final version of the Common Core State Standards was released on June 2, 2010, meaning the education benchmarks turn 5 years old this week. It hasn'...

The Arts Are Not Just for Fun

TNTP | Posted 06.02.2015 | Education

In my classroom the walls are painted with bright murals, depicting great composers of the past and present. If you visit us, you'll see high school students -- 90 percent of whom have never touched an instrument before ninth grade -- focused on creating beautiful music as a team.

What Chris Christie Has Said About The Common Core Over The Years

AP | JILL COLVIN | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's position on the Common Core education standards has shifted as he has positioned himself for an ...

Chris Christie Says He No Longer Supports Common Core In New Jersey

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Thursday he wants his state to dump the Common Core State Standards, nearly five years after its board of educ...

The Pitfalls of Community College Placement Tests

Pamela Burdman | Posted 05.21.2015 | College
Pamela Burdman

Diane Ravitch, in her recent post about international math tests, raises concerns that standardized tests damage the quality of education and constrain young people's intellectual growth. What I worry about is the way they can unfairly deny opportunities to students.

Facebook Group Leaks Images Of New York's Common Core Test

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

Members of a Facebook group called “Education is a journey, not a race -- USA” leaked pictures of a New York state English Language Arts exam on W...

Movement To 'Opt-Out' Of The Common Core Is Growing

AP | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics

ATLANTA (AP) — Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by st...

Understanding Test Anxiety and What We Can Do to Help Children

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 05.10.2015 | Education
Rebecca Jackson

A staggering 16-20% of students have high test anxiety, making it the most frequent academic impairment in our schools today Another 18% are troubled by moderately-high test anxiety. These students actually draw a "blank" or "freeze-up" during tests.

Governor Cuomo's Faulty Math and Why He's Wrong About New York's Schools

Cynthia Wachtell | Posted 05.09.2015 | Education
Cynthia Wachtell

Clearly we need to improve the education received by all of "our" children. And unlike the Governor, I actually have two children in NYS public schools.

Why Our Kids Don't Love School Anymore

Michael Elliot | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Michael Elliot

Parents and students talked about the dramatic changes in curriculum and a flood of test prep in classes and homework. Some spoke about the massive expenditures for technology and testing materials, as hands-on instructional time declined.

Rebecca Klein

South Dakota Legislator Suggests Common Core Contributed To Kids' Deaths | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics

A South Dakota lawmaker thinks that the Common Core State Standards may have contributed to the deaths of Native American kids. The Common Core, a ...

More And More Students Are Refusing To Take Standardized Tests

ASSOCIATED PRESS | KATHY MATHESON | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- When it comes to standardized tests, parents across the country are (a) concerned; (b) demanding change; (c) pulling tens of thou...