The Answer Sheet: Common Core


Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 04/17/2014

Even the strongest relationships sour

Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana, and John White, Louisiana’s education commissioner, were once a great school reform pair -- seemingly inseparable. Times have changed.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 04/09/2014

Colbert’s ‘Common Core Confusion’

Just watch the video.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:32 AM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core, Video

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 04/07/2014

Common Core test gives students no time to think -- teacher

Ninety minutes, six reading passages, 42 multiple-choice questions. Go!

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core Tests

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 03/30/2014

Common Core backer: For public schools, it’s great. For my private school, not so much.

A Core advocate in Nashville pushes standards for public schools but not private academy she oversees.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:56 AM ET, 03/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 03/24/2014

Jeb Bush: Common Core critics care too much about kids’ self-esteem

He keeps pushing the standards initiative.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:36 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 03/24/2014

Ravitch: The best reason to oppose the Common Core Standards

It’s not so much about the content but about how they were developed.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:30 AM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 03/23/2014

Sen. Grassley seeking to defund Common Core in Congress

He tried unsuccessfully last year.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:56 PM ET, 03/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 03/16/2014

Town judge -- and ‘spiritual’ weight loss consultant -- elected to NY Regents

The legislators elected to the Board of Regents someone who didn’t have enough interest in education to be following the biggest education story in the state.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:44 PM ET, 03/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/16/2014

How three teachers are dealing with Common Core in class

What works and what doesn’t.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:00 AM ET, 03/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/12/2014

Why the Common Core flunks on civic education

Claims that it prepares students to be active citizens are exaggerated.

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Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 03/11/2014

Teachers union cites Common Core in decision to cut Gates funding

The union is the American Federation of Teachers.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:20 AM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 02/05/2014

Text of report detailing $100 million-plus needed for Common Core tests in Maryland

The report signals problems ahead.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:37 AM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 01/31/2014

Why Common Core isn’t the answer

Subject-based curriculum is the problem, this educator says.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:30 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 01/27/2014

Why support for Common Core is sinking

A principals says support is disappearing, not because schools don’t have the Common Core curriculum, but because for the first time they do.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:45 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 01/26/2014

NY teachers union pulls its support from Common Core, urges removal of state ed chief

The board of directors of the 600,000-member teachers union in New York has had enough.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:01 PM ET, 01/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 01/23/2014

A challenge: Teach 8th grade Common Core before endorsing it

The real problem in our schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:30 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 01/23/2014

The coming Common Core meltdown

It’s less about the standards themselves than the context in which they were introduced and implemented

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 01/22/2014

Gov. Cuomo seeks changes to ‘flawed’ Common Core implementation

He is creating a panel to make recommendations for improving implementation.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core, Tests

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 01/21/2014

Reaction to Ravitch: A different view of Common Core

‘The fact that the current fix isn’t working doesn’t mean we don’t have a whole lot to fix.’

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:15 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 01/18/2014

Everything you need to know about Common Core -- Ravitch

The past, present and future of the standards.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:45 AM ET, 01/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 01/17/2014

Maryland schools need $100 million for online Common Core tests, says report

A report to the General Assembly reveals big readiness problems.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:33 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 01/16/2014

NY officials’ excuse for link to vulgar test prep questioned

What happened when NY state ed officials were asked why a Common Core website they operated was sending students to vulgar material?

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 01/11/2014

NY Common Core website sends kids to vulgar test prep

And that’s not all.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:30 AM ET, 01/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 12/19/2013

Maryland takes on new Common Core role as ‘favor’ to Obama, Gov. O’Malley says

At Arne Duncan’s request, Maryland is taking over from Florida a job involving the creation of new Common Core tests.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:43 PM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 12/13/2013

Mike Huckabee walks back his support for Common Core

Once he was a vocal support. Now he is a vocal critic.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:20 PM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core, Core 'Is Dead'

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 12/10/2013

A critique of Common Core math standards

A mathematician explains why he opposes the Common Core math standards.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:30 PM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 12/10/2013

Millions in private money poured into Common Core promotion

Untangling a web of philanthropic money going to the Core.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 12/02/2013

Catholics split over Common Core standards

A grant to a Catholic education organization for Common Core implementation has sparked criticism from other Catholics.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:58 PM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core, onfaith

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 11/27/2013

Gates Foundation pours millions into Common Core in 2013

The list of recipients is long and wide.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:00 PM ET, 11/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Gates, Common Core

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 11/26/2013

And now Common Core tutors

It was inevitable.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 11/25/2013

Common Core resistance growing in Maryland

Tension is rising between Core supporters and critics.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:54 PM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 11/24/2013

More states delay Common Core testing as concerns grow

The pushback is getting stronger in Maryland, Massachusetts, Louisiana and other states.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:12 PM ET, 11/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core Standards

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 11/24/2013

Following Common Core money: Where are millions of dollars going?

Why are millions of dollars being spent on scripted Common Core curricula?

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:00 AM ET, 11/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 11/19/2013

Common Core’s odd approach to teaching Gettysburg Address

It is supposed to be taught without historical context.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:32 AM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 06:16 PM ET, 11/18/2013

Arne Duncan blames ‘clumsy phrasing’ for ‘white suburban moms’ remarks

The controversy prompted the education secretary to respond.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:16 PM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 11/18/2013

Who are the ‘enemies’ of Common Core?

Parsing Arne Duncan’s and John King’s Common Core statements.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:24 AM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 11/17/2013

Reject Common Core tests in grades K-2: Weingarten, Carlsson-Paige

“What is being required of young children is unreasonable, inappropriate and developmentally unsound.“

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:00 PM ET, 11/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 11/09/2013

Why young kids are struggling with Common Core math

There are more problems with the Common Core than implementation issues.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:17 AM ET, 11/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 11/08/2013

Common Core implementation called ‘worse’ than Healthcare.gov launch

It was rushed.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 11/07/2013

The biggest weakness of the Common Core Standards

It’s about how kids learn, and it had been the problem with modern schooling.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:02 AM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 11/02/2013

Catholic scholars blast Common Core in letter to U.S. bishops

They urge the bishops not to adopt the standards -- or to abandon them in dioceses that have already adopted them.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:42 AM ET, 11/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 11/01/2013

Common Core: How are books judged?

Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises” vs Meyers’ Twilight series finale, “Breaking Dawn“: see how they are rated.

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:02 AM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 10/31/2013

A ridiculous Common Core test for first graders

Test uestion 1 on the first-grade test is based on the New York Common Core Standard, 1.OA4: Understand subtraction as an unknown-addend problem. (Really.)

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:19 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core Standards

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 10/31/2013

Six ways Common Core is changing English/math classes

The standards are being implemented in most of the country now.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:01 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 10/20/2013

Common Core: The growing ‘slip’ between rhetoric and implementation

There is a growing “slip” between reformers’ rhetoric about overtesting and the implementation of reforms in New York schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:07 AM ET, 10/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 10/15/2013

Are school reformers wrecking the Common Core?

If you’re a fan of the Common Core, these are not the people you want to see running the show:

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:33 PM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 09:26 PM ET, 09/23/2013

Florida governor changes direction on Common Core tests

Rick Scott sends letter to Arne Duncan accusing him of federal overreach.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:26 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core, Setback For Core Supporters

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 08/28/2013

The most ridiculous ed idea of the week (so far) -- update

It's about the Common Core State Standards.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:01 AM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core State Standards, From Florida, It's Pretty Ridiculous

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 08/21/2013

How Common Core Standards will succeed -- even if they don't

What, exactly, is the meaning of success when it comes to the Common Core?

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:01 AM ET, 08/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core Standards, It's A Good Trick, It's All In The Appearance

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 07/24/2013

New Common Core tests: Worth the price?

How much better will these tests really be? Here's the answer.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:52 AM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core Tests, Some States Don't Think So

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 07/23/2013

How Common Core could affect every state -- even those that reject it

Some students in every state will take high-stakes tests that are aligned to the Core.

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:02 AM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  And Home-Schooled Students Too, Common Core State Standards, Home-Schooled Students Too

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 07/18/2013

Florida GOP lawmakers urge break with Common Core testing group

Are Republicans about to fight with other Republicans in Florida over the Common Core?

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:37 PM ET, 07/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bad News for Jeb Bush, Common Core Tests

Posted at 04:03 AM ET, 06/28/2013

Who Bill Gates is giving money to now in education

Here are some of the big grants the Gates Foundation gave in the field of education this month.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:03 AM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  etc., For Common Core, Gates Grants, MOOCs

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 06/25/2013

Arne Duncan tells newspaper editors how to report on Common Core

Arne Duncan gives an impassioned defense of Common Core to a convention of American newspaper editors.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:20 PM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core, Defends The Initiative

Posted at 05:59 PM ET, 06/18/2013

Education Department listens to (some) reason

Education Secretary Arne Duncan gives an extra year for implementation of new teacher evaluations linked to Common Core tests.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:59 PM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arne Duncan, Common Core State Standards, Gives Flexibility on Test-Linked Evaluations, Teacher Evaluation

Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 06/18/2013

The Common Core's fundamental trouble

No Child Left Behind actually

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:32 AM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Coming 'Train Wreck'?, Common Core

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 06/12/2013

Study: Math requirements not aligned with Common Core in many states

A new study says most states have not aligned their math high school graduation requirements or course of study with the Common Core Standards.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:02 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core Standards, Standards

Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 06/06/2013

Common Core supporters back moratorium on new tests' high stakes

Major education organizations say teachers and students aren't ready.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:23 PM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core Standards, Education Coalition

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 06/06/2013

A critique of how DCPS is implementing Common Core (update)

The problem, the author says, is not with any one standard or assessment stem—it's with a checklist mentality.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:01 AM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Checklist Mentality?, Common Core State Standards, D.C. Public Schools, Skills Over Content?

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 06/05/2013

Is it really this easy to block the Common Core?

Trying to openly oppose the Common Core by amending state code is extremely difficult. Cutting the legs out from under it in the budget does not appear to be.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Playbook From Michigan, Common Core Standards

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 06/02/2013

Common Core: Assessing the real level of support

Why a claiming that a majority support, believe, or conform to X, Y, or Z is shaky claim at best, and a likely flawed one at worst.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:31 PM ET, 06/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core Standards, The So-called 'Great Majority'

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 05/31/2013

Five ways to improve literacy learning (that work better than high-stakes tests)

Why the National Council of Teachers of English supports a moratorium on the high-stakes consequences of Common Core-aligned standardized tests.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core, Literacy, What Works and What Doesn't

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 05/13/2013

Indiana halts Common Core implementation

Indiana is postponing implementation of the Common Core initiative so that there can be more discussion on the quality and impact of the standards.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:13 PM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core Standards, New Hearings Ahead

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 05/12/2013

Gates gives $150 million in grants for Common Core Standards

For a supposedly public initiative, the Common Core States Initiative has benefited enormously from the generosity of Bill and Melinda Gates.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:43 AM ET, 05/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Major Investment, Common Core State Standards, The List of Grants

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 05/08/2013

Eighth grader: What bothered me most about new Common Core test

A 14-year-old boy in New York details what he found so annoying about the new Common Core-aligned English test he and other students around the state just took.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:01 AM ET, 05/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core Tests, Standardized Tests, Worse Than Pineapple Test

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 05/03/2013

Questions about the questions on new Common Core tests

Critics say there are problems with some of the questions on the new tests just given to students in New York.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:29 PM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Are They Clearly Written?, Common Core Tests, Try To Answer Two of Them

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 05/01/2013

Extreme Common Core rhetoric clouds serious debate -- update

There's a lot of extreme talk about Common Core being voiced, and it's a problem because it it is clouding serious-minded criticism about the standards initiative and its implementation.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Clouds Serious Criticism, Common Core State Standards

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 04/30/2013

AFT's Weingarten urges moratorium on high stakes linked to Common Core tests

AFT president Randi Weingarten says high-stakes tests are unfairly being given to students before teachers have had time to properly absorb and create curriculum around the Common Core standards.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:09 AM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core Implementation Challenged, Common Core Standards, Randi Weingarten

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 04/27/2013

And now, Girl Scout badges aligned to Common Core standards

There's nothing, it seems, in this school reform era that you can't align with standards -- even Girl Scout badges.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:17 AM ET, 04/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core State Standards, From Cadettes to Ambassadors, From Daisies to Ambassadors

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 04/24/2013

Is the Common Core Standards initiative in trouble?

Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently met with Chamber of Commerce leaders and urged them to be more vocal and forceful in defending the Common Core State Standards. Why?

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core State Standards, Some States Reconsidering

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 04/21/2013

The basic business principles school reformers ignore

How the Common Core State Standards initiative violates basic business principles

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:11 AM ET, 04/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core Standards, They Violate Business Principles, Why Common Core is 'a mess'

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 04/19/2013

Common Core Standards attacked by Republicans

Will new Republican efforts against on the Common Core State Standards destroy the bipartisanship that got them approved in more than 45 states?

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core State Standards, Is Bipartisanship Over?

Posted at 11:47 PM ET, 04/07/2013

Principal warns parents: 'Don't buy the bunk' about new Common Core tests

Parents will soon be told whether their children are "on the road" to college readiness based on cut scores on tests of the new Common Core standards. But there is no evidence the scores will have any meaning.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:47 PM ET, 04/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core State Standards, High-Stakes Tests, Questions About 'Cut Scores', Standardized Tests

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 04/03/2013

The new kindergarten: Kids write 'informative' reports

Remember back in the olden days when kindergarteners used to be allowed to learn from playing? Look what they are doing now.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:05 AM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core, Curriculum, The Common Core

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 04/02/2013

Why Common Core tests won't be what Arne Duncan promised

How much better will the next generation of standardized tests, aligned to the Common Core standards, really be?

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:32 PM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  After $360 Million, Common Core Standards, Standardized Tests

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 03/20/2013

Common Core supporter: 'I see the opportunity being squandered'

A strong supporter of the Common Core says the implementation of the initiative is in trouble.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:01 PM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core State Standards, Implementation Problems

Posted at 05:28 PM ET, 03/15/2013

Acclaimed book 'recalled' from some Chicago school classrooms (update)

The American Library Association protests the removal of a Common Core test from some high school classrooms in Chicago.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:28 PM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Common Core literary text, Book Removal, Censorship

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 02/13/2013

Former education commissioner blasts Common Core process -- update

A year after rocking the ed world by blasting standardized testing, Robert Scott, the former ed commissioner of Texas, now goes after the Common Core State Standards.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:45 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core State Standards, Watch The Video

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 01/17/2013

New questions on the Common Core Standards

Here is the third post in a debate between Yong Zhao and Marc Tucker about the Common Core State Standards. In this installment, Yong Zhao takes on Tucker's support of the standards.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:15 AM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Debate, Common Core State Standards

Posted at 03:59 AM ET, 12/15/2012

Sandy Hook Elementary principal's recent tweets

Here are some of the recent tweets and retweets by Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School and a victim of the mass shooting there.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:59 AM ET, 12/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  etc., On Common Core, Scho

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/21/2011

Testing the Common Core Standards

A veteran of the standardized testing industry sets out to discover whether the Common Core Standards are "revolutionary" or whether they look a lot like standards states already have. Here's his report.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  academic benchmarks, common core standards, common standards, content standards, national standards, standardized testing, standardized testing industry, state standards, testing industry, todd farley, todd s. farley

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/22/2010

The lowdown on standardized tests and how they are scored

If you think machines score all of the standardized tests kids take, guess again. Rather, an army of low-paid, poorly trained temps score them. Test scorers tell the tale.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  common core standards, how tests are scored, no child left behind, race to the top, standardized test industry, standardized test scoring, standardized tests, test industry, test scoring

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 12/05/2010

When teachers are their own worst enemies

An educator/author argues that teachers, however unwittingly, helped create the accountability movement that is now "choking" them.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:52 PM ET, 12/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  accountability movement, california standards test, common core standards, common standards, criterion-based tests, public schools, school reform, standardized test, standards movement, teachers

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 11/05/2010

Montgomery County admits kids were pushed too hard in math

The highly regarded Montgomery County Public Schools now admits that it has been pushing too many kids into accelerated math when they weren't ready and will stop it. A lot of parents are going to lose bragging rights at cocktail parties.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 PM ET, 11/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery County Public Schools | Tags:  accelerated math, common core standards, math, math programs, moco, moco schools, montgomery county public schools, montgomery county schools

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 09/15/2010

Mass personalization: Is this good for education?

The principle of “mass personalization” is straightforward: by gathering data on individual customers, a company can target its advertising. What would “mass personalization” look like in education?

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 09/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  National Standards, National Standards, National Standards | Tags:  common core standards, diana senechal, mass personalization, school reform

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 08/16/2010

Willingham: Can reformers control their own reforms?

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham, looking at Paul Peterson's book "Saving Schools," writes about education reformers and the problem they have historically encountered in keeping control of the reforms they launch. How this pattern will affect the Common Core standards is a big question, he says.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 08/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham | Tags:  common core standards, daniel willingham, national standards, paul peterson, paul peterson's book, saving schools, school reform

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 08/11/2010

The problem with ‘Race to the Top’ is the race

Diana Senechal writes that President Obama is correct when he says we need to shake things up to improve the schools. The problem is that we are shaking up the wrong things.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 08/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  common core standards, diana senechal, obama and race to the top, obama and school reform, race to the top

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 08/09/2010

Willingham: What’s missing from Common Core standards (Part 3)

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham writes about taking the educational equivalent of the moon shot.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 08/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham | Tags:  common core standards, daniel willingham

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 08/02/2010

Willingham: What’s missing from Common Core standards plan (Part 2)

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham asks: "If the educational system has so many interacting parts, how can we ever know whether a change we make to part of the system is useful?" Then he answers it, two ways.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 08/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham | Tags:  Daniel Willingham, common core standards, national standards

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 07/26/2010

Willingham: What’s missing from national standards plan (Part 1)

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham analyzes whether the Common Core standards for math and English language arts are likely to improve schooling over the next decade.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:30 AM ET, 07/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham | Tags:  analysis and common core standareds, common core standards, criticism and common core standards, daniel willingham, national standards, no child left behind and legacy, what's missing from common core standards

Posted at 07:25 AM ET, 07/21/2010

Primer for ed reformers (or, it’s the curriculum, stupid!)

A curriculum expert says school reformers are ignoring this truth: "I say the familiar “core curriculum” in use in America’s schools and colleges is a problem-plagued, dysfunctional,19th Century relic that fits the 21st Century about as well as the first Model T Ford fits into I-75 traffic." And here's how to fix it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:25 AM ET, 07/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  changing the curriculum, common core standards, curriculum reform, how to design curriculum, how to reform a school, marion brady, national standards, primer for reforms, race to the top, school reform, the answer sheet

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 06/07/2010

Will new standards mean better-educated kids? -- Willingham

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham looks at the final version of the Common Core standards for math and English Language Arts and analyzes their likely impact on learning over the next decade. Will students be better educated? From a quick read the standards look pretty good, but most would agree that high-quality standards are necessary but not sufficient for positive impact.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:00 PM ET, 06/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham | Tags:  Common Core standards, Daniel Willingham, content standards, national standards

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 04/30/2010

Are ed reformers ignoring American values?

By Marion Brady. Perhaps most curious of all is the present education reform effort’s disregard for deep-seated American values. With the possible exception of Australia, no other country matches America in professed admiration for the non-standard person....Why, then, is there near-universal enthusiasm for national standards?

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:15 AM ET, 04/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  Common Core Standards, Marion Brady, No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, american values, guest bloggers, national standards, national standards and american values, schools and american values

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 04/06/2010

E.D. Hirsch Jr.: Common Core Standards could revolutionize reading instruction

By E.D. Hirsch, Jr. The Common Core Standards represent a fundamental and long overdue rethinking of the dominant process-approach to U.S. literacy instruction. To appreciate what a radical transformation it represents, one needs to understand how children are now schooled in literacy.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 04/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  Common Core Standards, E.D. Hirsch, guest bloggers, reading

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/10/2010

The problem(s) with the Common Core standards

Wanting kids around the country to know the same important skills and concepts makes sense. But there are problems with the national Common Core Standards in math and English that are being released today

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  National Standards | Tags:  Common Core standards, national standards