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Common Core

Thanksgiving Thanks to Teachers We Remember Who Didn't Teach Common Core

Alan Singer | Posted 11.25.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Under Race to the Top and Common Core students, teachers, schools, districts, and states are evaluated based on high-stakes standardized tests, transforming schools from places where students learn to love learning into test prep academies.

Congress Presses Ahead In Trying To Replace No Child Left Behind

AP | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics

 WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress is pressing ahead with efforts to update the much-criticized No Child Left Behind education law. A bipartisan confe...

Competency-Based Education's Sales Pitch Of Epic Proportions

Peter Greene | Posted 11.19.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

People are demanding to be released from the tyranny of the annual BS Test. And somehow, test manufacturers are going to try to look like heroes for offering even larger doses of what test opponents are trying to escape. Instead of of narrow, crappy data once a year, we'll be harvesting crappy data every day.

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.

New York State's Bogus Common Core Survey

Alan Singer | Posted 11.18.2015 | New York
Alan Singer

Nowhere can you vote that Common Core Standards aligned with high-stakes testing have undermined education in New York State, stressed out students and teachers, turned curriculum development over to test design companies, and transformed schools into test prep academies.

Say No to Closing Amandla!

Teach Plus | Posted 11.17.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

By Brighid Bennett I found Jamal sitting alone in the stairwell, staring blankly at the wall in front of him. In the morning, our principal told the...

Bizarre Accusation in Colorado GOP Senate Primary

Jason Salzman | Posted 11.17.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

A Colorado Springs county commissioner, who's considering entering the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, is again alleging that President Obama backed a national education program, in part, as a way to establish U.S. charter schools linked to a Turkish Islamic cleric.

United Way's Common Core Promotion Costs It a Louisiana District

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 11.16.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

On November 12, 2015, the St.Tammany Parish School Board (Louisiana) voted unanimously to discontinue its employee payroll deduction campaign for the United Way. Included in the concern that United Way had become "too political" was the national organization's decision to actively promote the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Common Core Mystery Math: When 30 Equals 65 and Students Still Fail

Alan Singer | Posted 11.12.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Eventually students and teachers will adjust to the newer tests and scores will rise, not because they know math, but because they know the test.

For College Readiness, PARCC is Best

Teach Plus | Posted 11.12.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

I graduated from a large urban school system and currently teach in a similar one where, as an Advanced Placement (AP) teacher, I have a unique vantage point from which to gauge the skills needed for college and career preparedness.

Battle in Illinois Over the 'McDonaldization' of Teacher Education

Alan Singer | Posted 11.09.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Just to make sure our children are processed like hamburgers, Pearson is busy using the same "process" to evaluate prospective teachers using a test called the edTPA, or Teacher Performance Assessment.

Alabama Education Official Warns Of 'Homosexualist' Common Core Takeover

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 11.07.2015 | Politics

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The Teachers Who Change Our Lives

Michael Elliot | Posted 11.04.2015 | Education
Michael Elliot

I had a teacher in high school who handed me a broom and in doing so, inspired me to harness my intelligence to service my passion. She was a dedicated high school Theater Arts teacher, and she saved my life.

Why Was 5 x 3 = 5 + 5 + 5 Marked Wrong?

Brett Berry | Posted 11.04.2015 | Education
Brett Berry

Teachers are experts on child education. They have the best intentions for the students in mind. We don't have to agree with it, but we can respect it. If you are confused, ask teachers why they did something before you discredit a teacher on the Internet.

Bronx Principal Jamaal Bowman Redesigning Education

Michael Elliot | Posted 11.02.2015 | Education
Michael Elliot

If we honestly want to raise student achievement, lower the achievement gap, or the opportunity gap as he calls it and prepare students to meet their future challenges; we need to begin by focusing with great emphasis on birth to 8 years old.

National Assessment: What the Latest Results Should Tell Us

Dr. Michael J. Feuer | Posted 11.02.2015 | Education
Dr. Michael J. Feuer

NAEP provokes important questions but doesn't provide the answers -- and that's a good thing as long as we're prepared to keep the discussion alive and not stifle it with premature, extravagant, and politicized rhetoric.

Wanted: The Right Leader for LAUSD

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 11.02.2015 | Education
Ama Nyamekye

Over the years, LAUSD has made considerable student gains, relieving overcrowding in schools and launching a range of much-needed changes to funding, ...

Demand Better Schools, Not Fewer Tests

Michael R. Bloomberg | Posted 10.30.2015 | Education
Michael R. Bloomberg

The argument that teachers spend too much time "teaching to the test" misses the crucial point: When curriculum and instruction are aligned with high-quality tests, as they often are in Advanced Placement classes, classroom work will prepare students for success.

Obama Fails on Testing

Alan Singer | Posted 10.29.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

The problem, of course, is the kind of instruction. What Obama and Duncan seem to miss is that as long as students, teachers, schools, districts and states are evaluated based on the high-stakes standardized tests, even if test time is reduced, curriculum will still be all about test prep.

Sarah Rich: Finding the Right Pieces

A Teacher Like You | Posted 10.28.2015 | Education
A Teacher Like You

Having such a small amount of confidence and not having teachers who truly, genuinely believe in you can really interfere with your education. Students have to have life lessons to help them survive in the world.

Arne Duncan on Education -- and Injustice

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 10.28.2015 | Education
Fran Moreland Johns

At a recent Commonwealth Club of California program moderated by EdSource editor-at-large John Fensterwald, Duncan spoke briefly about educational gains made during his seven-year term as U.S. Secretary of Education.

Should We Still Learn To Write Cursive? An Education Expert Weighs In

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 10.22.2015 | Arts

I’ve always thought that if I learned anything from cursive lessons in elementary school, it was the art of persuasion. When my second grade t...

The Constitution Does Not Give 'Crazies' or Republicans the Right to Bear Arms

Alan Singer | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
Alan Singer

The United States Constitution needs to be seen as a guideline for decision-making, not a restrictive 18th century template that prevents all government action forevermore.

Justin Aion: Why Do We Send Kids to School?

A Teacher Like You | Posted 10.08.2015 | Education
A Teacher Like You

You don't get into teaching for the glory. I don't drive my Ferrari to school and then peel out after the bus to go home and swim in my pool of money. We're here to glorify our students, to show the work that they've done and how much better they are than they were yesterday.

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.