Tag Archives | Common Core

Are we on the verge of a mass Common Core repeal?

Emmanuel Felton, Hechinger Report, December 19, 2014   Last month’s election spells trouble for the Common Core, a set of expectations for what students should know in English and math by the end of each grade. With the standards increasingly being assailed by conservatives as an unwanted federal intrusion into public education , the Republican sweep […]

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A paradigm shift schools need now — and it’s not Common Core, tech or rigor

Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post Answer Sheet, November 19, 2014 Marion Brady is a veteran educator who has long argued that public education needs a paradigm shift, though not the same one that school reformers who push the Common Core State Standards, school choice and vouchers want to see. What Brady and like-minded educators say […]

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How to spot a fake ‘grassroots’ education reform group

Valerie Strauss, Washington Post’s Answer Sheet, October 12, 2014 It can be bewildering to keep track of all the “grassroots” education reform groups that have popped up in recent years. Where, have you ever wondered, do they all come from? Daniel Katz, an assistant professor of educational studies at Seton Hall University, explains in the […]

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Never Diet Without a Bathroom Scale and Mirror: The Case for Combining Teacher Evaluation and the Common Core

Thomas J. Kane, Brookings Brown Center on Education Policy, The Brown Center Chalkboard, September 11, 2014 Given the nature of the job, school superintendents are master jugglers.  Even so, implementing new teacher evaluation systems has been a massive challenge for many of them, because of the demands such a system places on principals, the strain it […]

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Learning First Alliance Supports Additional Time to Get Common Core Implementation Right

Anne O’Brien, Learning First Alliance, August 21, 2014 Today, in response to the U.S. Department of Education announcement that states may delay tying teacher evaluation to standardized assessments, the Learning First Alliance (LFA), a partnership of leading education organizations representing more than 10 million parents, educators and policymakers, released the following statement: “The Learning First Alliance supports […]

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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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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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