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Common Core State Standards

Arguing for Science Literacy

Arthur Camins | Posted 08.02.2014 | Education
Arthur Camins

Students who learn to be confident that their ability to "get smart" is not a fixed trait, but instead a malleable capacity that they can grow as a result of effort, are better able to engage in argumentation and persist through difficult intellectual work.

The Tea Party and the Common Core: Right Answer, Wrong Reason

Victor Dorff | Posted 07.29.2014 | Education
Victor Dorff

Ultimately, Common Core may provide the right course correction for U.S. education, but the devil is in the transition. Rather than focus first on modifying classroom instruction, we have allowed the testing industry to lead the charge of implementing the new ideas.

Bobby Jindal Flip-Flops On Major Education Issue

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.23.2014 | Politics

In the past several years, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has gone from a "strong supporter" of the Common Core Standards to someone who compares the...

Florida Lawmaker Says Common Core Will Turn Kids Gay

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

Common Core standards are a divisive topic in education circles, but one Florida lawmaker is taking his anti-Common Core message to a new level. ...

It's Time for a New Accountability in American Education

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Linda Darling-Hammond

Voices across the country are raising concerns about the new Common Core State Standards. But if you listen carefully to the conversations, the main concern is not about the standards, themselves, but about the consequences of high-stakes tests attached to the standards. And those concerns are well-placed.

Are Common Core Standards Actually Data Tags?

Peter Greene | Posted 07.18.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Decoupling? Not going to happen. You can't have a data system without tagging, and you can't have a tagging system with nothing to tag. Education and teaching are just collateral damage in all this, and not really the main thing at all.

Teachers -- The Greatest Common Core Casualty?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

I know that teaching is not the only profession where workers must "get by" on the resources they receive, but the consequences have the widest ripple effect.

Are You Smarter Than Your 2nd Grader?

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.15.2014 | Parents

Under Common Core, parents are likely to see some unfamiliar terms on their children's elementary-school math homework. Here are some examples drawn f...

How Test Prep Is Done in One Washington Heights Charter School

Oghene Oyiborhoro | Posted 07.13.2014 | Education
Oghene Oyiborhoro

The new state math tests were given across New York the week of April 28, and at least one charter school in Manhattan's Washington Heights was more t...

Common Core -- Curriculum or Not?

Peter Greene | Posted 07.09.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

The Common Core is not a national curriculum, because it is not a curriculum at all. It is only a set of standards, and that's completely different from the scope and sequence of curriculum planning. But like that terrible Match.com date you went on, the standards/curriculum distinction only looks good on paper.

Common Core Learning Standards: A Failing System?

Dorit Sasson | Posted 07.08.2014 | Education
Dorit Sasson

Teachers continue to feel resentment due to the fact that the CCSS was essentially thrown at them without consulting with them first being that they know what works and what doesn't in their classrooms.

Common Core Possibilities... From the Sidelines

Teach Plus | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

Teach Plus celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week with a series of op-eds from teachers around the nation. By Thomas Hakim This Teacher Appreciation...

Louis C.K. Has A Lot To Say About The Common Core

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.28.2014 | Parents

Anti-Common Core and standardized testing advocates have found an unlikely ally in comedian Louis C.K. The celebrity took to Twitter Monday to rail...

Indiana Officially Abandons The Common Core

AP | SUMMER BALLENTINE | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — One of the first states to adopt Common Core standards became the first state to formally abandon the national benchmarks, as In...

No Place for Poetry on My Son's Common Core ELA Test

Cynthia Wachtell | Posted 06.28.2014 | Education
Cynthia Wachtell

Ever since Beowulf, poetry has been critical to the development of the English language. We are now seeing a form of literary expression disappear without any discussion of whether it has a role to play in modern education.

David Brooks, Common Core Circus Performer

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 06.24.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Brooks is right; the circus in indeed "in town," and in his opinion-spouting position, Brooks is attempting to sell tickets to The Greatest So-called "Standards" Show on Earth.

Living History in Covington High School

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

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Don't Believe the Hype: Students With Disabilities Should Benefit From the Common Core

Todd Grindal | Posted 06.16.2014 | Impact
Todd Grindal

The introduction of the Common Core educational standards has elicited substantial handwringing.

Indiana Rushes To Approve New Education Standards After Dropping Common Core

AP | SUMMER BALLENTINE | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — As the first state to drop the national Common Core learning standards, Indiana is rushing to approve new state-crafted benchmar...

The Common Core

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 06.16.2014 | College
Dr. Dustin Swanger

There are a LOT of great teachers and administrators who really care about the education of our children. I believe that if we asked those teachers how to improve education, we would get very good answers

Students Are Test-Driving New Common Core Exams. You Can Too

| Sarah Garland | Posted 04.11.2014 | Parents

Millions of American students this spring are piloting new online standardized tests linked to the Common Core State Standards, which will debut next ...

Radio Host Says Anti-Common Core Activists Will Have To Create ‘Parallel Society' To Survive

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics

New education standards may force conservatives and Christians to create their own parallel society, according to radio host Sandy Rios. Rios, host...

'Standards Work Is Standards Work'

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.02.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Some people are inspired by heroic deeds in extraordinary circumstances; I'm inspired by the everyday competence and thoughtfulness of folks like Branch and the hardworking teachers I saw at Garfield.

Three Reasons Students Should Opt Out Of Standardized Tests -- And Three Reasons They Shouldn't

| Sarah Garland | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents

Now that spring is finally here, kids cooped up during this particularly brutal winter might be looking forward to enjoying some sunshine. Many will h...

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...