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Common Core

State Tests Help to Make What Works in Education an Open Book

Todd Grindal | Posted 12.06.2014 | Education
Todd Grindal

The introduction of the Common Core standards and the subsequent redesign of many state tests have created an opportunity to rethink the purpose of large-scale assessments.

How to Improve Literacy and Numeracy Skills (and Scores if You Care About Such Things)

Misha Abarbanel | Posted 01.21.2016 | Education
Misha Abarbanel

The only way to improve data-driven scores en masse is to use public policy to address the main cause of low test scores: poverty. The only way to improve them in a given school is to teach to the test.

The Remarkable Idiocy Of 'Economically-Driven Education'

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 12.01.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The goal of business in aggressively promoting CCSS while bashing the teaching profession into false, test-score-riddled "accountability" is to reshape the purpose of education into streamlined, assemly-line-to-market service.

NCEE's Marc Tucker: Public Education Needs Accountability Overhaul

Emily Richmond | Posted 12.01.2014 | Education
Emily Richmond

Marc Tucker, president and chief executive of the National Center on Education and the Economy, recently unveiled a proposed accountability plan for public schools that includes significantly reducing the number of tests students take, and building extensive professional development time for teachers into every school day.

New Comic Books Aim To Teach Students In Common Core Classrooms

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.01.2014 | Parents

Comic book heroes no longer only save damsels from burning buildings or get the bad guy, they also teach classrooms full of children about Newton's Fi...

Common Core: A Solid Policy Behind an Unpopular Name

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 12.01.2014 | Education
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

Common Core has a brand problem. Two separate national surveys demonstrate rapidly declining support for the Common Core State Standards initiative.

Common Core Kills Curiosity

Yohuru Williams | Posted 11.30.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Acknowledging the myriad ways in which school districts can undermine curiosity and academic exploration by over-stressing test scores and technical training, one can emphasize the importance of structured explorations that can expand a child's imagination.

Sanitizing History in the Name of Patriotism

Dale Hansen | Posted 11.30.2014 | Education
Dale Hansen

Conservative politicians across the country have spent much of the past few years attempting to remake public education in their image. This idea of presenting the U.S. as infallible has long been a conservative talking point but the reality is that patriotism is just conservative code for political correctness.

Why Teachers Weren't Invited to the Table

Peter Greene | Posted 11.30.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

This month has been declared New Conversation Month by reformsters. Teachers are being offered (in vaguely non-specific ways) some sort of seats at various tables. Unfortunately, this largesse underlines just how much teachers have not been included in conversations about public education.

The Common Core May Help Students Learning English

| Pat Wingert | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics

The rigorous new Common Core standards represent both a daunting challenge and a promising pathway that could help close the achievement gap for the g...

Cuomo's School Report Card: Far "Below Standard" in the Education of Minority Students

Alan Singer | Posted 11.26.2014 | New York
Alan Singer

Andrew Cuomo is busy seeking reelection and hoping to establish himself as a viable presidential candidate either for 2016 or 2020. In the meantime, he has been abdicating responsibility to ensure a quality education for all students, but especially for minority students.

Four Ways Higher Education Can Change The K-12 Equation

Dr. Rebecca L. Sherrick | Posted 11.25.2014 | Education
Dr. Rebecca L. Sherrick

It's tempting to think that we could come up with a neat, one-size-fits-all approach to curriculum and learning that gives teachers a clearer sense of what to teach and when, and policy makers a better way to assess and optimize student performance. But unfortunately, "neat and linear" is not the way today's economy works.

Carol Burris Calls Out Common Core; Duncan-Friendly EdPost Indignant

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 11.24.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The American public approves of locally-run education, not this Duncan-as-overlord, faux-state-led substitute -- ever peering over its shoulder due to NCLB-waiver-yank fear.

Debating Common Core: Beware Decomposing Numbers and Rinky-Dink Assessments

Alan Singer | Posted 11.19.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

Intelligence Squared U.S. sponsored a debate September 9, 2014 on the Common Core State Standards. Four participants argued whether American schools s...

Is Standardization a Virtue

Peter Greene | Posted 11.19.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

You can't throw out all standards, or simply flail randomly, but building an national educational system based on national standardization is a fool's game. It is not what we need, and not what our students deserve.

The Problem With Sweeping Reform

Elissa Stein | Posted 11.18.2014 | Education
Elissa Stein

No, the current test is not perfect but, because of its right/wrong structure results are unbiased and objective. There's no room for personal interpretation, favoritism, or different standards for different cultural groups. The mayor wants to change this. But he's on shaky ground.

Common Core Standards: What to Make of This Problem

Khanh Ho | Posted 11.17.2014 | Education
Khanh Ho

Common Core Standards is the equivalent of a steamed burrito in a plastic pocket--enough nutrition but not enough nutriment. Those who are truly feeding their minds, and those of their children, are not seeking their intellectual calories from what, essentially, are empty warming trays of mystery meat.

Japanese Educators Learn From American Teachers and Schools

Alan Singer | Posted 11.15.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

Who would have thought that educators from Japan, whose school system is always paraded before the American public as one that the United States should emulate, would actually visit New York City to learn how to improve education in Japanese schools?

5 Life Skills to Teach Black Boys: A Parent's Addendum to The Common Core

Valerie Wilson | Posted 11.15.2014 | Parents
Valerie Wilson

Know the balance between deference toward authority and personal dignity. At times, you will have to exercise restraint in the face of humiliating circumstances. At other times, you will be compelled to take a stand. Both options require courage, but the outcome is unpredictable.

Why California Has to Enter the 21st Century With Its Standards

Murali Balaji | Posted 11.11.2014 | Education
Murali Balaji

California has long been a leader in education. It's time for its standards to catch up to its reputation.

The 5 Things I Wish My Kid's School Had

Kim Simon | Posted 11.08.2014 | Parents
Kim Simon

Think how much nicer we'd be in the drop-off line if we had a warm PSL waiting for us while we kissed our little learners goodbye. If you give a mama a muffin... well, you know how the story goes.

The Gates Purchase of a 'Success' Narrative

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 11.08.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Billionaire Bill Gates funds the media. This is no surprise to me. What did surprise me is the discovery that he meets with the media he funds (and others) regularly behind closed doors.

Time Travel to the Past! Welcome to School

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 11.05.2014 | Education
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

As summer turns to fall and parents are buying children their new backpacks, it is time to think of how our schools work and whether they are inspiring true learning. The schools of today are largely those of our great-grandparents.

Are We Ready for a New Common Core Conversation?

Peter Greene | Posted 11.05.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

The calls for conversation, for cooler heads, for less rhetoric, for less politics -- we've been hearing more and more of these over the past year because the reformsters are losing.

Why Asian Education Is Better, and Why It Is Not

David Scott Clegg | Posted 11.05.2014 | Education
David Scott Clegg

Everywhere I go these days it seems I'm faced with the same question: what is wrong with America's education system? The query is usually followed with a defining statement that Asian students are 'kicking our butts' on the international exams. But are they correct?