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As public debate over the use of Common Core standards in U.S. schools gathers steam, parents and policymakers need to know more about current proficiency standards for reading, mathematics, and science – and brace for some surprises.
These standards, used by states to measure student progress, vary widely – with the gap between states with the highest and lowest standards amounting to Continue Reading »
Pep talk. Kid President lists 20 things we should say more often. One idea; say thank you, not just on Thanksgiving. (Mind Body Green)
Educational science. These seven accurate graphs describe how students’ lifestyles change from pre-K to college. (Huffington Post)
You stink. A teacher in Buffalo, New York sent a note home with her students explaining that parents were not handlinContinue Reading »
A city of intelligence. Ithaca, New York is the smartest city in the country, beating out other top contenders including Ann Arbor, Michigan and State College Pennsylvania. Many of the cities on the list play host to major colleges and universities. (PolicyMic)
Those who can’t do, teach. “Teachers aren’t as good as they used to be” and ten other annoying things people say about the teachContinue Reading »
Class separation. Students at Lavergne High School in Tennessee are being separated during lunchtime based on their grades. Students with poor grades are forced to eat in a classroom away from their “smarter” peers. Lavergne claims the separation is to offer academic support to students who need it, but many parents do not support the idea. (WSMV)
Saying no to the Common Core. A group ofContinue Reading »
Stop the lying. The British education secretary, Michael Gove, is urging politicians to stop lying to children by telling them they are college and career ready when they are not. Gove endorsed Common Core standards, saying that there should be high expectations for all students through testing and competition. (The Guardian)
Don’t leave, stay. Writer Liz Riggs investigates the reasons tContinue Reading »
Common sense tells us that the Common Core State Standards are good for students. Higher standards for all are a good thing. What American would not get that?
Apparently a lot. The latest Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll of the public’s attitudes toward public schools indicates that two out of three Americans have never heard of the Common Core. Some in the media believe this is the resContinue Reading »
Yesterday, the Obama administration approved Pennsylvania’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) flexibility request, making the grand total of states with approved waivers 41 plus D.C.
In a recent Education Sector report, John Chubb and I take a look at state performance on the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) since NCLB was enacted. We use those resultsContinue Reading »
The need for assistance. Findings from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study show that more students are borrowing money to pay for college. In 2011-2012 71 percent of students received some sort of financial aid—a five percent increase over four years. (Education Week)
Experience may not mean success. A program in Illinois that encourages teachers to retire at 55 years old not onContinue Reading »
College on your own time. College for America, which is among the first in the country to offer a competency-based degree program, will allow students to attend school at their own pace. The school launched in January with 500 students from 25 companies in the free pilot program. This fall members of those companies will start to pay school fees, but they can still receive an associate degree fContinue Reading »
For all the news and speculation you hear about which state is in the Common Core and which state is out, so far it’s mostly just smoke. Education Week has a nifty state legislation tracker on Common Core, and what it shows is a lot of failed attempts.
When Georgia announced its decision to drop out of one of two federally funded assessment consortia aligned with the Common Core, it sparContinue Reading »