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What the drop in NAEP math scores tells us — about Common Core and NAEP

What the drop in NAEP math scores tells us — about Common Core and NAEP | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
'Those using the NAEP score drop to condemn Common Core and all recent policies might be missing the point. However, those who try to explain away the drop as due to demographic or economic shifts, are also missing the point.'
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Test Scores Under Common Core Show That ‘Proficient’ Varies by State

Test Scores Under Common Core Show That ‘Proficient’ Varies by State | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
For tests given last spring under the new Common Core requirements, the description of the results comes down to the different labels each state uses to describe the exact same scores on the same tests.
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Testing opt-out movement, Common Core pushback hit Maine Legislature

Students, teachers and Common Core opponents on Monday lashed out against the state’s new standardized tests, and they called on lawmakers to eliminate the tests, the standards or both and start fresh.
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Common Core Is Not a Government Takeover

Common Core Is Not a Government Takeover | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
You may have heard that Common Core is a "government takeover" of education. You heard wrong. But there is government interference to be concerned about, and it's probably happening near you.
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Review of Math Programs Comes Under Fire

Review of Math Programs Comes Under Fire | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Publishers and others are hammering a Consumer Reports-style review of math instructional materials that faulted programs for failing to align to the common core.
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Most Math Curricula Found to Be Out of Sync With Common Core

A new Consumer Reports-style review of instructional materials for K-8 math has found that 17 out of 20 series fail to fully align with the Common Core State Standards.
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Common Core testing trouble: Computer problems, student protests and more

Common Core testing trouble: Computer problems, student protests and more | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The 2015 testing season gets into full swing.
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Common Core’s testing framework is crumbling--June 29 2014

One of the central parts of the Core initiative -- common testing -- isn't going to happen anymore.
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Research: How Twitter Has Shaped the Common Core Debate -- THE Journal

Research: How Twitter Has Shaped the Common Core Debate -- THE Journal | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The continued unraveling of the Common Core makes for compelling drama — at least that's how a research project has begun presenting it.
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If LePage backs away from Common Core, he endangers important school reforms

If LePage backs away from Common Core, he endangers important school reforms | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"If Gov. Paul LePage affixed a Facebook label to his relationship with the Common Core State Standards, “it’s complicated” would sum it up. "

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Getting Started with Questions of Text Complexity

The Literacy in Learning Exchange and NCTE have assembled this excellent collection of resources for helping teachers learn how to help students tackle text complexity. Included in these resources are a video, an audio, several book chapters and a link to Maine's Cross Disciplinary Literacy Network group.

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Will Common Core double the high school dropout rate?

A big study says so. Is it right?
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How Bill Gates pulled off the swift Common Core revolution

After he bought into proposal to reform education nationwide, his money brought most states running.
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Everything You Need to Know About the New SAT

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Here’s what experts say about the redesigned test, based on practice questions. Tip: Go to a good school, and read a lot.
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Common-Core Backlash: Track State Efforts

Anxiety about and opposition to the Common Core State Standards continues to highlight many debates about education policy. Track the progress of state lawmakers' efforts to reassess the standards using this interactive.
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– Maine lawmakers urged to undo educational reforms

In a marathon session lasting more than eight hours Monday, dozens of people urged lawmakers to support legislation that would undo several of Maine’s recent educational reforms.
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FACT CHECK: Myths in the Political Roar Over Common Core

FACT CHECK: Myths in the Political Roar Over Common Core | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In the political uproar over Common Core, various myths are peddled as fact.
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Front-End Alignment: New Curriculum Tools for Common Core State Standards

Front-End Alignment: New Curriculum Tools for Common Core State Standards | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Two new reports have provided evidence to confirm what many teachers have suspected: most curriculum materials, at least in elementary and middle school mathematics, do not match the expectations in the Common Core State Standards.
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New Mexico Students Walk Out Over New Tests

New Mexico Students Walk Out Over New Tests | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Students frustrated over a new standardized test walked out of schools around New Mexico in protest Monday as the new exam was being given.

The backlash came as millions of U.S. students started taking more rigorous exams aligned with Common Core standards. Many parents and students around the country have opted out of the exams. Others are lobbying lawmakers and education officials for change.
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As Common Core Testing Is Ushered In, Parents and Students Opt Out 3/1/15

As Common Core Testing Is Ushered In, Parents and Students Opt Out 3/1/15 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
On Monday, many public school students in New Jersey will begin to take standardized tests that are opposed by an unusually diverse coalition of enemies.
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As Common-Core Test Season Begins, Teachers Feel Pressure

As Common-Core Test Season Begins, Teachers Feel Pressure | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A combination of earlier testing times and interruptions in instruction due to snow days is putting pressure on teachers to cover as much content as they can to get students ready.
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Worried Common Core is pushing fiction out?

Worried Common Core is pushing fiction out? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – No, Lev Fruchter isn’t an English teacher. The 17-year veteran of New York City public schools teaches computer science at NEST+m, a school for gifted and talented students on
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Failure: the 8th grade NYS Common Core Math Test

Failure: the 8th grade NYS Common Core Math Test | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Grant Wiggins analyzed released items from the NYS CC Math Test and did not like what he found.

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Primary Sources Third Edition

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America's Teachers on Teaching in an Era of Change, a project of Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Heather Perkinson's insight:

Scholastic surveyed teachers about Common Core implementation in 2013. They conducted the survey again this year and the results for both year can be viewed here.

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Big Year Looms for Common-Core Testing

Big Year Looms for Common-Core Testing | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
This is the academic year when nearly every state must give assessments aligned to their "college- and career-ready" standards. But there are questions about how well those tests will measure mastery of the standards.
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