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Common Core State Standards

Will States Fail the Common Core?

Randi Weingarten | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

If the Common Core is sunk--by default or design--it will undercut our ability to give all kids access to what they need to succeed and, of course, will undermine confidence in public education.

The Problem With the Common Core Math Standards

Nicholas Tampio | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Nicholas Tampio

When discussing politics, citizens should speak to one another as clearly and sincerely as possible. Right now, the Common Core literature uses technical terms and tortuous prose to sell an educational philosophy that may not deliver what it promises.

Professing and Parenting to the Test: Education Reform and the Testing Madness

Alan A. Aja | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Alan A. Aja

Deceptive and inaccurate right-wing films like Waiting for Superman don't help either, placing teacher unions as the primary explanatory variables of poor student achievement, while hailing charters as the panacea of all things public education.

From Common Core to Common Sense: The Next American Educational Revolution

Dan DeMaioNewton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dan DeMaioNewton

It's important to reflect on where we are, and where we choose to go. We need to continue to question what we want the purpose of education to be.

A Post-Halloween Teachable Moment (That Takes Months)

Vicki Cobb | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Vicki Cobb

If you don't throw out a jack-o-lantern after Halloween what happens to it? How can a pumpkin die a natural death? What would that look like? These...

Joy Resmovits

Big Obstacle To New Common Core Teaching Standards

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- On a sunny summer afternoon, teachers fill a bright red auditorium in the basement of the Soho headquarters of Scholastic Inc., the educat...

The Unnoticed Passing of an American Hero

Vicki Cobb | Posted 12.21.2013 | Impact
Vicki Cobb

Walter Morris, a true American hero, died on October 13, 2013 at the age of 92. As of yet, no obituary has been published in the national press. The irony of this oversight would not be lost on Sergeant Walter Morris.

Education: It Takes a Community

Frank Islam | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

If we want to strengthen schools serving those most in need, we must strengthen the communities in which they are located. Yet, the trend across the country has been to close "poor performing" schools thus attenuating the community-school connection.

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...

But Why The Common Core?

| Sarah Garland | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics

A decade ago, American education leaders received some alarming news: On a pair of international tests, U.S. students were far behind their peers in c...

Education Reform: Nothing New Under the Sun

Ilana Garon | Posted 12.15.2013 | New York
Ilana Garon

In this new reform effort, what is the end result? How will these reform efforts improve the educational outcomes of students in New York City, or make schools better? In simply creating a new evaluation rubric, exactly how is instruction being improved?

Corruption and the Common Core: Follow the Money

Vicki Cobb | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Vicki Cobb

For a little more than a year, I served on the board of a charter school for minority students. I was amazed at how well-funded it was and how many people were feeding at money trough from educational consultants, to building contractors to internet equipment suppliers.

'A Teacher's Cry for Help'

Eric Cooper | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Relying on worksheets, instead of educators, to teach basic skills is standard practice in all too many schools. The approach often leads to a disjointed and atomistic approach to learning, where students acquire skills but quickly forget them.

Common Core State Standards, Rules and Art

Vicki Cobb | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Vicki Cobb

Policies, laws and now the Common Core State Standards are all sets of rules designed to guide and shape human behavior. These rules are implemented...

The Missing Conversation in Educational Policy: Student Engagement

Andrew K. Miller | Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics
Andrew K. Miller

Why aren't we creating policy to create professional learning experiences to arm teachers with a variety of techniques to engage students? Why aren't we debating policy to shift towards personalized and competency-based pathways to differentiate instruction for all students?

Children's Books and Authors Draw a Crowd of Thousands

Vicki Cobb | Posted 12.08.2013 | Home
Vicki Cobb

On beautiful autumn afternoons, when the sun is shining and the leaves are glowing with color, people crave gatherings like this--an excuse to connect with people, ideas, beauty.

Who Does How Much Homework: A Response to The Atlantic

Anna Leahy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Anna Leahy

Too much homework is a problem, and the fast-approaching Common Core State Standards will probably make that situation worse. But there exist bigger problems in this world, too, and these overarching problems are not unrelated to who's doing how much homework.

What Does an 'as-Good-as-It-Gets' Public School Look Like?

Vicki Cobb | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Vicki Cobb

Why is a school's success often achieved by subversive practices that used to be hailed as great teaching? Why can't we just go back to letting teachers do what they dreamed of doing when they entered into this profession?

How One NYC School Transformed Its Classrooms and School Culture to Boost Achievement

Eric Cooper | Posted 11.30.2013 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

As education advocates, we know the promise of America is represented by all school children -- not just those with the highest grades or most obvious passion for learning.

The Fly in the Common Core Ointment

Vicki Cobb | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Vicki Cobb

The new tests, based on the CCSS, have produced dismal failure. So what! Let's use the CCSS as license to teach the best way we know how. Give the tests with minimal test prep, use the data internally along with other measures of school effectiveness, and let the chips fall where they may.

Gideon's Math Homework

Alan Singer | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

Kids are supposed to be learning to estimate from the start of elementary school so they can stop and say this cannot possibly be the answer, but estimation requires qualities that appear to be neglected in the test prep math curriculum.

Using The Lessons of Financial And Economic Literacy to Teach The Common Core

Nan Morrison | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Nan Morrison

With financial issues dominating today's news, economics and personal finance take on a relevance and immediacy with students, while also encouraging the types of critical thinking skills that apply to all aspects of their lives and that are at the heart of the CCSS.

The Governors and Chief State School Officers Gave Birth to the Common Core, Now They Should Put Some Flesh on the Infant's Bones

E. D. Hirsch, Jr. | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
E. D. Hirsch, Jr.

Unless they find the courage to get specific about core content, the incoherence and inequity of our schools will persist.

One Thing All Parents Should Know

Jonah Edelman | Posted 11.12.2013 | Impact
Jonah Edelman

Right now, most Americans are still in the dark about what the Common Core Standards are. Only 38 percent of Americans have even heard of them.

These People REALLY Hate The Common Core

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.12.2013 | Politics

Parents and students of America, beware. A new set of education standards is already at or coming soon to schools around the country, and it seems to ...