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PARCC Attrition from 2011 to 2014: Not Looking Good for Pearson

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 12.22.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Pearson will not come close to testing even half of the 22 million PARCC students advertised on the PARCC website in February 2014- the time of the above-cited Pearson earnings call. That must be a real bummer for a Pearson CEO with no Plan B.

A Fifth-Grader Discusses Common Core

Alan Singer | Posted 12.22.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

This is the interview with my granddaughter, a fifth-grader discusses Common Core.

Removing the Interference

Lee Kronert | Posted 12.17.2014 | Education
Lee Kronert

A healthy public school system is like a healthy human body. Think about it: The brain is the head honcho. It makes all the decisions about which organ, tissue or cell is going to do what, when and how. Our education department does the same.

Arne Duncan's Denial

Peter Greene | Posted 12.17.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

There are many portions of Arne Duncan's educational policies that are... what's the word? Counter-intuitive? Baloney? There are days when I imagine that the energy Duncan expends just holding cognitive dissonance at bay must be enough to power a small country.

The Reason I Loved English Class Is the Reason My Students Hate It

Karen Zainal | Posted 12.11.2014 | Education
Karen Zainal

I currently teach Math. But I don't have a single student who likes their English class, and it makes me wonder why. I loved it because I happened to be an obnoxious little linguaphile. The way English classes are (often) run would surely turn off any kid who isn't one.

Why Johnny Can't Read -- Teachers' Literacy Doesn't Make the Grade in NY

Lynda Bekore | Posted 12.09.2014 | Education
Lynda Bekore

Parents and politicians across New York and other states have been vehemently protesting the more stringent standards of the recently adopted Common Core curriculum, now enacted in 46 states.

PARCC Is Down to DC Plus Ten States, and Louisiana Isn't One of Them

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 12.08.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Louisiana State Superintendent John White insists that Louisiana students in grades 3 through 8 will take the Partnership for Assessment of College and Careers (PARCC) assessments in the spring of 2015.

EdTech abstraction: How a teacher becomes a venture capital investor

Brad Spirrison | Posted 12.03.2014 | Education
Brad Spirrison

We frequently hear about teachers who are driven to start their own edtech companies after struggling to implement top-down technology initiatives in their classrooms. It is less common, however, for educators to graduate into the realm of venture capital investing.

CPS, PARCC, Common Core State Standards, and What Students Need

Teach Plus | Posted 11.24.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Micah Miner In Chicago recently, reactions against the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and standardized tests have ranged from murmurs to loud...

A Path Beyond the Opt-Out Movement

Kevin Welner | Posted 11.21.2014 | Education
Kevin Welner

Reforms like test-based accountability give us the feeling of doing something--of demanding excellence--without providing the capacity to achieve our goals. Continuing down that path will continue to leave us disappointed. But, opt-out or no opt-out, that's where we're still headed.

If Life Is a Game, What Are the Rules?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 11.21.2014 | Education
Stuart Muszynski

The students who make up the poverty and homeless statistics that some suburbanites look at dispassionately, shaking their heads while proclaiming, "Not in America!" -- these kids want to succeed.

10 Tech Trends That Will Impact (Virtually) Every Teacher

Brad Spirrison | Posted 11.18.2014 | Education
Brad Spirrison

More than 700 tech-savvy educators converged last week to compare notes (both digital and analog) and best practices at the EdTech Teacher iPad Summit in Boston.

WATCH: Common Core Implementation: What Do We Know And How Can We Know More?

Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact

Watch Live Nov. 18 from 9:30am - 11:00am EST. The Aspen Institute and Achieve are releasing two tools designed to help school-level staff and state...

Gates Is at It Again: The Common Core-Centered "Collaborative for Student Success"

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 11.17.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Billionaire Bill Gates really wants the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for "mass" education.

Common Core: It Really Is All About the Tests (and Corporate Profits)

Alan Singer | Posted 11.17.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

There may be aspects of the Common Core Standards that are useful to students and teachers. The problem is that student learning is just collateral damage. From the start, Common Core has always been primarily about corporate profits and high-stakes testing.

Common Core and the Ebola Virus -- No More Teachable Moments

Alan Singer | Posted 11.10.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

Common Core's extremely narrow focus on skill development and preparation for high-stakes assessments interferes with the ability of teachers to respond to current events, such as the Ebola epidemic, and interferes with learning.

Common Core Is Designed to Drive Your Local Curriculum

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 11.10.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Proponents of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) like to promote the idea that CCSS is "not a curriculum." The CCSS website further states the disjointed idea that local districts somehow retain true freedom over what is taught in the classroom. This is a lie.

The Common Core Standards: A Matter of One Nation

David Scott Clegg | Posted 11.06.2014 | Education
David Scott Clegg

'We the people... in order to form a more perfect union...' There have been statements made throughout the history of the United States of America...

Lingonberries in the Cafeteria? Not So Fast

Lynda Bekore | Posted 11.05.2014 | Education
Lynda Bekore

Finland is the new black. Or so it would seem, from the many accolades increasingly heaped upon it by education experts, who tout Finland's treatment of teachers and education as a model of instructional progress.

From Educator to Venture-Backed Edtech Entrepreneur

Brad Spirrison | Posted 11.04.2014 | Education
Brad Spirrison

Although Eileen Murphy never planned to become an edtech entrepreneur before starting her company ThinkCERCA in 2012, she already had tremendous success building elite educational organizations.

15 Ideas From Parents About What Constitutes High Quality Learning

Laurie Levy | Posted 11.04.2014 | Education
Laurie Levy

She also curiously stated she was not trying to draw conclusions from parents' responses. Rather, she wanted "a better snapshot about how parents think about LEARNING and how students learn best."

Time and Punishment: Why Teacher Voices Matter

Yohuru Williams | Posted 11.03.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

The publication of Time magazine's cover attacking teacher tenure also marked the one-year anniversary of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's infamous attack on New Jersey middle school teacher Melissa Tomlinson.

Rick Snyder Is Not a Good Political Leader

Dale Hansen | Posted 11.04.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

If you have watched any of Rick Snyder's election ads you will see that the governor fancies himself a leader, however, since being a leader isn't a title one can just bestow upon one's self the question should be what does the governor's record tell us about his leadership skills.

Common Core and the Death of Reading

Alan Singer | Posted 11.03.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

The Common Core approach to reading is like breaking a molecule down into individual elements. Once you break the molecular bonds that tie the atoms together, you lose all the properties of the original chemical. You now have hydrogen and oxygen, but you no longer have water.

Preparing Students for 21st Century Jobs at McDonald's

Alan Singer | Posted 10.30.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

On the NOCTI exam 13% of the questions on the test are on the identification of Hand Tools, Herbs, Spices, and Flavorings; 13% are on Knife Skills; and 74% are on Cooking Skills.