The Answer Sheet: Common Core State Standards


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 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 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 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 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 05:02 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 10:17 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 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 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 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