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Common Core Curriculum

36 States Participating In Common Core Field Tests

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 03.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — What's on the new Common Core-based exams? More than 4 million kids in U.S. schools soon will have a clue. Field testing begins t...

Common Core Standards and PSATs and SATs -- Oh, My!

Laura Rossi Totten | Posted 03.05.2014 | Education
Laura Rossi Totten

When I heard that a blogger wrote the new book The Perfect Score Project, I thought that maybe -- just maybe -- Debbie Stier can save one child from the miserable test taking experiences I endured during my childhood education.

Common Core Standards Finds Favor With Hispanic Christians

Religion News Service | Amanda Murphy | Posted 02.06.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Common Core ... has found an ally in the largest organization of Hispanic Christians in the U.S. The National Hispanic Christian Leadership C...

When Will We Ever Learn: Dissecting the Common Core State Standards With Dr. Louisa Moats

Mark Bertin, M.D. | Posted 03.24.2014 | Education
Mark Bertin, M.D.

Dr. Louisa Moats, the nationally-renowned teacher, psychologist, researcher and author, was one of the contributing writers of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The CCSS initiative is an attempt to deal with inconsistent academic expectations.

Would You Like Fries With Your iPad?

David Lyell | Posted 03.23.2014 | Education
David Lyell

I know board members care deeply about public education. But as recently deceased board member Ms. Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte said about students, and I think you could apply this to the board's relationship with the public: "They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."

Why Are Parents Revolting Against the Common Core? Start With the English Curriculum

Nicholas Tampio | Posted 03.18.2014 | Education
Nicholas Tampio

The Common Core ELA curriculum does not treat teachers or students with dignity. Lest you think that teachers can afford to ignore the modules, consider this fact. The Race to the Top program requires states to use value added modeling in teacher evaluations.

Joy Resmovits

How The Common Core Became Education's Biggest Bogeyman

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

Shortly before Thanksgiving, Arne Duncan made a glib remark about the Common Core that quickly blew up. Speaking before a gathering of state school...

Killing Cursive is Killing History

Michael J. Leclerc | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Michael J. Leclerc

The argument for most of this is that cursive writing is no longer necessary. In today's high-tech world of smartphones, tablets and computers, many people feel that cursive writing is no longer needed. Unfortunately, there are many side effects of this kind of thinking.

5 Reasons the Common Core Is Ruining Childhood

Katie Hurley | Posted 12.25.2013 | Parents
Katie Hurley

The people behind the Common Core might think that they are ensuring college/career readiness, but what they are really ensuring is a generation of anxious robotic children who can memorize answers but don't know how to think.

Common Core Standards for Mathematics: The Real Issues

Edward Frenkel | Posted 12.10.2013 | Science
Edward Frenkel

The Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSSM) have been adopted by 45 states and District of Columbia, and are due for implementation in the fall of 2014, but controversy around these standards is continuing unabated -- alas, for all the wrong reasons.

Some States Are Having Second Thoughts About Common Core Standards

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics

-- Of the 45 states that adopted the Common Core reading, math and writing standards, nine are having second thoughts. Some states are seeking to sl...

What Common Core Curriculum Misses

David Chura | Posted 06.22.2013 | Impact
David Chura

It makes me sad to see the education of the heart -- the real core of any worthwhile English curriculum -- gutted for the sake of global competition, and to see teachers once again take the hit for "dummied down" education.

Misadventures in the Common Core

Mark Rice | Posted 05.05.2013 | New York
Mark Rice

When I first heard about the Common Core, I was excited. One article I read made it sound, well, revolutionary. Maybe it will be. What I know right now, though, is that it is asking third graders to approach math in ways that seem terribly unsuited to them.

Does the Common Core Demoralize Teachers?

Sarah Brown Wessling | Posted 04.19.2013 | Politics
Sarah Brown Wessling

If we want uncommon learning for our children in a time of common standards, we must be willing to lower the voices of discontent that threaten to overpower a teaching force who is learning a precise, deliberate, and cohesive practice.

The Role of Fiction in the High School English Language Arts Classroom

Susan Pimentel | Posted 02.10.2013 | Education
Susan Pimentel

Said plainly, stories, drama, poetry, and other literature account for the majority of reading that students will do in the high school ELA classroom.

New Standardized Tests Coming Next Week

Posted 11.28.2012 | Education

Pennsylvania school districts are set to administer the first wave of new statewide standardized tests, which students must pass in order to graduate ...

Kansas Board Of Education To Discuss Future Of Cursive Writing In Curriculums

Posted 11.12.2012 | Education

The Kansas State Board of Education will discuss the role of cursive handwriting in school curriculums during its monthly meeting on Tuesday, the Wich...

Recent Bills Bring Controversial Changes To School Curriculums (SLIDESHOW)

Posted 11.12.2012 | Education

Over the past couple years, several states attempted — and in some instances, succeeded — in passing legislation that brought controversial change...

City Officials Tell Edu. Commission Additional Funding Is Needed To Fund Common Core Implementation

Posted 10.18.2012 | Education

As New York City works to integrate the Common Core State Standards, Department of Education Deputy Chancellor Shael Polakow-Suransky says both the ci...

Study: Dual Enrollment Students More Likely To Attend, Graduate College

Posted 10.17.2012 | Education

A report by Boston-based education nonprofit Jobs for the Future urges policymakers to expand dual enrollment after determining that high school stude...

N.C. Schools: Middle School Math Too Hard For Elementary Students

Gregory Kristof | Posted 06.01.2012 | Education

Under new education reforms adopted by North Carolina, gifted elementary school students will no longer be able to take middle school courses formerly...

National Curriculum Standards A Struggle For Some Chicago Schools

Posted 11.18.2011 | Chicago

While speaking from Perez Elementary School on the Chicago's West Side, where they were unveiling a new online database of school performance reports,...