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Why the Jindal Loss Was Expected Regarding Louisiana's PARCC Injunction

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 08.20.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The Jindal administration is seeking a stay of Hernandez's ruling and an expedited writ of appeal to the First Circuit. They believe Hernandez is wrong. Hernandez is wrong. However, Jindal's defense really dropped the ball on this one- for whatever reason.

Does Jindal Have a Case With Common Core as Federal 'Scheme'?

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 08.12.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

To me, a Louisianian, it is absolutely no surprise that Jindal said that a 2016 presidential run is "something" he is "thinking about." What Jindal needs is a sensational, distinguishing, timely issue to propel him into the national spotlight...

Joy Resmovits

Bobby Jindal Has Done A Complete 180 On The Common Core

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics

For the last four years, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has championed the set of learning benchmarks known as the Common Core State Standards -- but...

Louisiana 'Annual Tests' Tied Up in the New Mexico Courts?

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 08.31.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

June 18, 2014, was an interesting day in Louisiana politics and education. (I realize these two are now one and the same, but humor me.)

Common Core Memorandum of Understanding Not Just for 'Development'

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 08.23.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

In canceling the Common Core State Standards MOU, Jindal canceled adherence to the CCSS process as a whole. But there is more to the CCSS MOU that Jindal canceled.

How to Pass a Pearson Test or Peeling the Pearson Pineapple

Alan Singer | Posted 08.02.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

Pearson and Common Core are not testing what you know, what you think, or what you can explain. They are testing what you can find in the passage and whether you follow directions.

A Moratorium on Education Loses the Game

Teach Plus | Posted 07.27.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Casie Jones You eat, breath, and sleep football--that is daily life when preparing for a championship game, practicing to be the best team possi...

Education Reform Is Destroying Childhood as We Know It

Eric Sheninger | Posted 06.30.2014 | Education
Eric Sheninger

Education reform will be the demise of our once great educational system if politicians and other stakeholders do not get a grip soon.

How Does Vox Figure PARCC Tests Are 'Working'?

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 06.14.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The vox.com piece is entitled, "Common Core Tests Are in Classrooms -- And They're Actually Working." That depends upon what one considers "working" to be.

Students Are Test-Driving New Common Core Exams. You Can Too

| Sarah Garland | Posted 04.11.2014 | Parents

Millions of American students this spring are piloting new online standardized tests linked to the Common Core State Standards, which will debut next ...

Good Writing Honors the Reader

Vicki Cobb | Posted 06.09.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

No matter how high the bar is set, simply stating the standards does not mean that students will perform at a higher level. The absurd weight now accorded to standardized testing is destroying public education and, I fear, a generation of learner.

Students To Start Taking Controversial New 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...

Smoke, Mirrors, and the Common Core

Nicholas Tampio | Posted 05.16.2014 | New York
Nicholas Tampio

Politicians cannot make the Common Core problem disappear with smoke and mirrors. Sooner or later, most people will admit that the Common Core experiment has failed. Why wait?

Joy Resmovits

Blind Students Promised Fair Access To Common Core Tests

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics

Just five weeks after a New Milford, N.J., family filed a federal lawsuit, a major standardized-testing consortium tasked with writing exams tied to t...

States Reconsider Common Core Tests

stateline | Adrienne Lu | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline, where it was originally published. Beginning in March, more than four million students will serve as ...

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.

Common Core Unrest Obvious in 17 States

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 02.03.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Proponents of the Common Core State Standards are fond of saying that it "has been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia." However, it seems that they refuse to mention the CCSS resistance that has found its way into state offices -- often resulting in formal hearings.

Gates Money and Common Core -- Part III

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics
Mercedes Schneider

Common Core State Standards is apparently important enough to Bill Gates for him to force feed to the public via funneling though its departments of education. And since he is wildly rich, he must know what is good and true for American public education. Not.

What Is Louisiana State Superintendent John White Promoting as Common Core Sample Assessment Materials?

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Mercedes Schneider

the high-stakes deciding factor in Louisiana CCSS is the PARCC cut score. Never mind really what students learn (or fail to learn); never mind the quality of the EAGLE items or the disconnect between EAGLE and barely-existent PARCC. If New York's experience has taught us anything, it is this: He who sets the cut scores rules the world.

How Are Schools Harnessing Technology?

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

When it comes to education, the role and effects of technology has been a tough nut to crack. As tomorrow's Digital Learning Day approaches, education groups and officials are offering up their recommendations.

Are New Online Standardized Tests Revolutionary?

| Sarah Garland | Posted 12.10.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. New high-tech standardized tests are coming soon to schools across the ...

Policy 'Insiders' Overwhelmingly Agree: Jeb Bush Speech Best On Education

Posted 09.28.2012 | Education

Whiteboard Advisors, a consulting firm that specializes in school policy, recently conducted one of its monthly surveys of 50 to 75 anonymous politica...

Joy Resmovits

New Standardized Tests Behind Schedule: Survey

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.18.2012 | Education

When asked about the problems associated with standardized testing -- cheating, overtesting, blunt measures of student achievement -- U.S. Secretary o...