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Opportunity to provide written comments on new education law rulemaking to U.S. Department of Education

Dear Friends, Last year Senator Al Franken was proud to support an overhaul of No Child Left Behind and the new Every Student Succeeds Act as it became law.  As the new law begins to be implemented our office hopes to be a resource to you to ensure that this law goes forward in a […]

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Report: Requiring kindergartners to read — as Common Core does — may harm some

Valerie Strauss, Washington Post’s Answer Sheet, January 13, 2015   The Common Core State Standards call for kindergartners to learn how to read, but a new report by early childhood experts says that forcing some kids to read before they are ready could be harmful. Two organizations that advocate for early childhood education — Defending […]

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Beyond Tests: The Power of Student-Teacher Relationships

Tarsi Dunlop, Learning First Alliance, August 22, 2014 Our frequently stated goal is for all US students to graduate from high school prepared for college and career. The current emphasis on standards-based education reforms reflects our belief that there are things students should know and be able to do that will help them in that […]

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Starting this week, millions of US students to field test Common Core-based assessments

Kimberly Hefling, Associated Press, March 22, 2014 WASHINGTON — 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 this coming week in 36 states and the District of Columbia on assessments developed by two different groups of states. Participating students will […]

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Four Lessons for Better Ed Reform

Michael Diedrich, Minnesota 2020, March 18, 2014   I’ve been watching education reform for the past few years, I’ve seen a few common mistakes repeated over and over again. Here, I’ve identified four connected lessons we’d do well to keep at the front of our mind when thinking about reform. The Indicator Is Not the Problem […]

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Parents and the Common Core: A Conversation with National PTA President Otha Thornton

Anne O’Brien, Learning First Alliance, February 24, 2014 Evidence clearly shows that family engagement in education promotes student success. And the vast majority of parents (and other family members and guardians) understands that fact and takes educational responsibilities very seriously. So when they are faced with reforms that require changes to their children’s school experiences, families […]

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What Every Child Can Learn from Kentucky

Amanda Ripley, Time Magazine, September 30, 2013 – Andrew Brennen had lived in five states before he could drive, making him an expert in everything that’s wrong with American schooling. “In Georgia, I was definitely among the top students in my grade,” he says. Then he moved to Maryland, and everything changed. “The level of content […]

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Struggling schools in West Duluth, Proctor see success after intervention

Jana Hollingsworth, Duluth News Tribune, September 29, 2013 – One of the first things you see when you enter Laura MacArthur Elementary School in the heart of West Duluth is a banner proclaiming, “We will be a reward school by 2015.” The high-achieving label is a tall order for the school that in 2012 was lumped […]

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High school English offers lessons in life

Elaine Bransford, Star Tribune Commentary, September 2, 2013 – What should a senior in high school English know before graduation? I have been teaching English to high school students for 10 years. Every year, I and the rest of the English department attempt a maddening exercise: to definitively “map out” where and when a student in […]

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Minn. moves ahead with some Common Core education standards

Tim Post, Minnesota Public Radio, June 7, 2013 – As the school year drew to a close, Minnesota parents received a warning that their children may receive lower scores on standardized tests than last year, now that the state has adopted new national benchmarks known as the Common Core State Standards. In a May 30 letter […]

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