Common Core

Are Teachers Getting the Right Kind of Common-Core PD?

March 15, 2016

Well … yes and no, according to a pair of new surveys from the RAND Corporation, a research and analysis firm. Teachers do seem to be getting a lot of professional development aligned to the common core in both English language arts and math. The problem is that it's not

Does Common Core Ask Too Much of Kindergarten Readers? | MindShift

May 4, 2015

Sandwiched between preschool and first grade, kindergarteners often start school at very different stages of development depending on their exposure to preschool, home environments and biology. For states adopting Common Core, the standards apply to kindergarten, laying out what students should be able to do by the end of the

Polls Capture Public’s Sour View of Common Core – Education Week

August 27, 2014

The common core—arguably the biggest issue on the national education landscape—has a serious image problem with an American public uneasy about the overall direction of K-12 policy.That's the picture that emerges from a pair of unveiled last week by high-profile public opinion polls by PDK/Gallup and Education Next, a journal

Mixed Bag for N.Y. State Students in Second Year of Common-Core Tests – State EdWatch – Education Week

August 17, 2014

New York state students in grades 3-8 improved their performance in math in their second year of taking tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards, according to results released Thursday. But their performance in English/language arts was virtually flat, and significant achievement gaps between racial and economic subgroups persisted.From

Actually, Louis C.K. was right about Common Core — Ravitch

May 4, 2014

Louis C.K., the multi-talented entertainer, has suddenly found himself in the news for an unlikely reason. It has nothing to do with any of his projects but, rather, his comments on Twitter and the “Late Show With David Letterman” about how standardized testing and the Common Core State Standards are

Embracing Teachers as Critical Thinkers – Education Week

April 1, 2014

In my last few years of teaching high school English, I developed a senior elective called "The Art of Memoir," for which students read such authors as Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Ernest Hemingway, Richard Wright, and Mary Karr. The students wrote essays evaluating and comparing and contrasting the works; they also wrote

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