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Common Core State Standards

Flummoxed Kids, Enraged Teachers: Déjà Vu All Over Again

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Impact
Karin Chenoweth

In the early 1990s, Maryland put in place a complex, performance-based assessment to determine if elementary school students could demonstrate complex problem-solving and think critically across disciplines. The state was in an uproar.

Raising the Bar for Education Standards Is Necessary

Cheryl Oldham | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
Cheryl Oldham

Should states only set educational standards that are easily attainable? Apparently, that's what many critics of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS...

Alabama Republican Calls On Schools To Ban Toni Morrison Book

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.29.2013 | Politics

An Alabama legislator who does not support efforts to repeal the sweeping U.S. education initiative known as the Common Core Standards says he believe...

Controversial Charter Chain Wants To Open 100 NY Schools

| Posted 08.27.2013 | New York

By Meredith Hoffman WILLIAMSBURG — The controversial charter network Success Academy plans to open 100 New York schools in the next decade, DNAin...

9/11 and the Real Common Core

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 10.26.2013 | Impact
T. Elijah Hawkes

Unfortunately, it often takes a tragedy to remind one of what's really at the core. In schools, the core of our work is called childrearing.

Joy Resmovits

Poll: Most Americans In The Dark About Basic Education Standards | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics

Have you heard of the Common Core State Standards? If not, you're in good company. Neither have most Americans, according to a PDK/Gallup poll rele...

Deck Chairs on the Titanic Failure of American Education

Steve Nelson | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Steve Nelson

The shift from the wrong-headed policies of No Child Left Behind to the new Common Core and its tests is nothing more than rearranging the deck chairs on the titanic failure of education in America.

The Folly of a Preemptive & Deceptive Attack on Diane Ravitch's New Book

Kevin Welner | Posted 10.19.2013 | New York
Kevin Welner

Although (like Cunningham) I have not seen an advance copy of Ravitch's new book, I did read a review that says the second half of the book offers an alternative agenda, and my hunch is that it does go beyond a direct focus on poverty.

Ravitch Redux

Peter Cunningham | Posted 10.16.2013 | New York
Peter Cunningham

Change is hard. Raising standards is hard. Evaluating ourselves and our schools is hard. Facing the truth about the quality of education we provide is hard. But denying and distorting the truth only makes it worse for children.

Are Common Core Standards 'Dumbing Down' Education? No!

Linda Rosen | Posted 10.08.2013 | Impact
Linda Rosen

How can anyone make claims that are so estranged from reality? Many of the people who mouth this talking point have apparently never even looked at the standards, much less evaluated their rigor. Those who do know about the standards are simply muddling the issue.

Joy Resmovits

The New Curriculum Wars? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics

As politicians bicker over the controversial Common Core education standards, some states are already well into the process of teaching them, accordin...

'You Can't Just Put in a Program and Think It Will Solve the Problem'

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Karin Chenoweth

De Queen is an example of how powerful a common, high standard can be in helping all students achieve. But it is also an example of the concomitant need for knowledgeable educators to bring their expert judgment to bear.

What's Missing From Common Core Is Education for Democracy

Alan Singer | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

Democracy requires that Americans see themselves as citizens, not just consumers or employees. Common Core, by ignoring the fundamental values that make democracy possible, does education and the United States a tremendous disservice.

The Importance of Why

Laurel Schwartz | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Laurel Schwartz

Now that the Common Core State Standards require students to make claims and support them with evidence, my students have to learn how to ask and answer more complex questions. This is challenging for both students and teachers.

The Common Core and National Security

Nicholas Tampio | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Nicholas Tampio

One consequence of the Common Core is that students may not be as prepared to imagine threats to national security as well as how to make peace with peoples around the globe.

An 'A' Should Be an 'A' no Matter Where You Go to School

Christina M. Martínez | Posted 08.10.2013 | Impact
Christina M. Martínez

We need to prepare our kids for their futures and provide them with the tools necessary to enter college and the workforce -- and to compete against students not only across the country but across the world. But, we have a lot of work to do in Arizona to get there.

Common Core: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Alan Singer | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

Common Core standard needs to be separated from the push by publishers to sell for material, the high-stakes testing of children, and from the evaluation of teachers.

Common Core: A Platform for Equity and Innovation

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 07.21.2013 | Business
Tom Vander Ark

Unlike other efforts, the Common Core goes to the heart of what educators do every day, and the theme of "fewer, deeper, clearer" expectations really strikes a chord with master teachers. This is why they got into the profession. We are facing a real challenge, however.

Common Core: Do What It Takes Before High Stakes

Randi Weingarten | Posted 07.18.2013 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

America's public education system could be on the brink of a once-in-a-generation revolution. If implemented properly, we can provide all children with the problem-solving, critical-thinking and teamwork skills they need to compete in today's changing world. But that's a big "if."

Education Policies Operating in the Dark

Diann Woodard | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
Diann Woodard

More enlightened awareness of what is required in training and preparing school leaders and less simplistic rhetoric would go a long way toward getting education policy out of the dark and on the path of improving how schools are run.

Why We Need Common Standards and Better Tests

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 07.15.2013 | Impact
Tom Vander Ark

It's easy to criticize tests but they represent this country's commitment to improving education for all students -- particularly the least well served. The Common Core is a big step forward and so are the tests that come with it.

Reclaiming the Conversation on Education

Alan Singer | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

The problem at meetings such as Reclaiming the Conversation on Education conference is that they tend to be "anti" meetings that do not present a clear alternative agenda defining what participants believe is the role public education should play in a democratic society.

Appreciate Teachers Today, Tomorrow and This Year

Jonah Edelman | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Jonah Edelman

I love that we have a day to recognize Mrs. Holland and the countless teachers like her. But the day also concerns me a little: we spend one day thanking teachers for caring for our nation's children, but we don't always expend the same energy thinking about how to support them as professionals.

Common Core State Standards: Get It Right

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Dennis Van Roekel

When kids first learn to cross the street, we tell them to stop, look both ways and assess the traffic before they proceed. Similarly, when it comes to decisions affecting the education of millions of our nation's public school students, we should exercise the same common sense.

Slowing Down to Speed up

Kati Haycock | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics
Kati Haycock

Honest feedback is vital. But to hold back a third-grader next year based on a wildly new test that neither he nor his teachers were prepared for isn't the right way to start. And what do we need to add to the agenda?