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State education chief gets earful on Common Core at Port Chester forum

State education chief gets earful on Common Core at Port Chester forum | Common Core | Scoop.it
Several hundred people packed an auditorium at Port Chester Middle School on Monday in a continuation of the wave of criticism and concern about the state's new Common Core learning standards and the pace at which they've been implemented.
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Three Thoughts: Indiana Common Core Battle

Common Core supporters should toast Indiana House Education Committee Chairman Robert Behning for standing up against Common Core opponents. Robert Behning's Good Move to Kibosh Common Core Opposition: ...


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Why Does the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Love Common Core?

Why Does the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Love Common Core? | Common Core | Scoop.it
I got a letter in my email today (cited below) from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, telling me how the future prosperity of our nation depends on adoption of the Common Core standards. I wonder how m...
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Core Question: Does Copyright Mean States Can’t Change The Common Core?

Opponents of Common Core say states can't change the nationally-crafted academic standards because they're copyrighted. But proponents say states are free to modify or change the standards.
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Florida Curbs Role in Consortium Developing Common Core Exams - Wall Street Journal

Florida Curbs Role in Consortium Developing Common Core Exams Wall Street Journal Florida's governor said Monday that the state was dialing back its participation in a national group developing exams for tougher math and reading standards, dealing...
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K-12, Higher Education Collaborating on Common Core

K-12, Higher Education Collaborating on Common Core | Common Core | Scoop.it

Higher education Survey of K-12 education officials show (K-12, Higher Education Collaborating on Common Core, Survey Finds http://t.co/WaHxGf5unH #highered #education)...


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Will Education Reform Kill The Common Core? | EducationOpportunityNetwork.org

The latest news stories from the brave frontiers of a movement known as “education reform” are in, and the consensus view is that down continues to be the new up.


Personnel programs such as teacher merit pay that were supposed to improve the financial efficiency of schools are now being discarded for financial reasons. New competitive forms of schooling such as cyber charters that were supposed to reform the system through competition are now in need of “top-bottom reform.” Teachers who are held more accountable for children’s motivation to pursue education are discouraged to seek more education for themselves. Schools that are supposed to rescue children from poverty are bearing the brunt of deep cuts in spending.


Amidst this colossally dysfunctional scenario descends the new national standards known as the Common Core, what many believe constitutes education reform 2.0. Is it any wonder people are skeptical?


Whether you’re a big fan of the new standards or not, it should be clear that the old way of doing “education reform” will not work for the Common Core. Yet that seems to be the strategy rolling out, and no one seems to be coming forward to propose a better way forward.


By all indicators, teachers are generally favorable to the new standards. But like its predecessor No Child Left Behind, the Common Core is proving to have many unanticipated consequences.

Who would have thought, for instance, that adopting new academic standards would necessitate kindergartners barely able to hold pencils being made to take bubble-in tests?


In states, such as New York, that are on the advanced guard of implementing the new standards and their accompanying tests, multiple choice tests are being pushed down to the youngest students, not because they’re good for the kids, but because they’re required to evaluate whether teachers are teaching according to the new standards.


Based on the report linked above in The Daily News, the exams are a “complete headache” for teachers, making the very act of testing “slow and traumatic.”


“Trying to get a proper answer was next to impossible,” the reporter observed, and teachers complained that the process caused their little pupils to “break down” and “cry.”


“‘Developmentally, it’s not the right thing to do,’ said one Queens teacher.”


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Common Core could have far-reaching effects on higher education

Common Core could have far-reaching effects on higher education | Common Core | Scoop.it

Common Core...could 

  • transform dual enrollment programs
  • transform placement tests
  • transform remediation
  • could force colleges within state systems, and even across states, to agree on what it means to be "college ready," and to work alongside K-12 to help students who are unprepared for college before they graduate from high school
  • force changes in credit-bearing courses too, to better align with what students are supposed to have mastered by high school graduation




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Parent Arrested from Common Core Meeting in Baltimore County MD

Read original article by Ann Miller on Examiner.com at: http://www.examiner.com/article/exclusive-video-school-supers-have-parent-arrested-from-common-core-m...
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Duncan: Common Core Isn’t The Only Set Of College- And Career-Ready Standards

Duncan: Common Core Isn’t The Only Set Of College- And Career-Ready Standards | Common Core | Scoop.it
Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Indiana, asked U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan what academic standards besides the Common Core are college- and career-ready.


Duncan said..."Both Virginia and Minnesota have college- and career-ready standards and aren’t in common core. (Actually, Minnesota is a halfway state. It’s adopted common core in language arts, but not math.)"


It’s likely whatever Indiana ends up with will build on the nationally-crafted academic standards currently adopted by 45 states.


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Indiana hits 'pause button' on Common Core education push - Washington Times

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Indiana hits 'pause button' on Common Core education push
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The measure requires the state Department of Education to provide a written evaluation of Common Core by July 1.
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Few Have Heard Of The Common Core & Those Who Have Are Split On Its Impact

"Almost two of three Americans have never heard of the Common Core State Standards," a Phi Delta Kappa / Gallup poll found.
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Indiana Governor Defends Halting 'Common Core,' Kentucky ...

Indiana Governor Defends Halting 'Common Core,' Kentucky ... | Common Core | Scoop.it
The Common Core standards and charter schools were discussed Monday when Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence appeared on a panel in New York City on public education at the state level.
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Common-Core Study: Teachers Aiming Too Low With Reading Assignments

Common-Core Study: Teachers Aiming Too Low With Reading Assignments | Common Core | Scoop.it
A new survey of teachers shows that most assign readings based on a student's reading level, rather than his grade level.
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Lumina Releases Report on Connecting K-12 and Higher Education via Common Core State Standards and Degree Qualification Profile | Lumina Foundation

Lumina Releases Report on Connecting K-12 and Higher Education via Common Core State Standards and Degree Qualification Profile | Lumina Foundation | Common Core | Scoop.it

Lumina Foundation has issued a report by two widely respected educators that examines how Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Degree Qualification Profile (DQP) can better forge alignment between the nation’s K-12 and postsecondary education systems.

 

Discussions around the need for alignment between K-12 and postsecondary competencies are not new. This report, however, highlights ways that CCSS and DQP can be used together to promote development of a common language throughout the entire pathway to a college degree.


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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, October 21, 2013 9:25 PM

An excellent article on future educational trends of the 21st Century learning stakeholders. They have included world class resources.

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Wyo. education board stands firm on Common Core

Wyo. education board stands firm on Common Core | Common Core | Scoop.it

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Ben Swann Exposes Common Core Standards

Common Core: A Scheme to Rewrite Education - http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/education/item/16192-common-core-a-scheme-to-rewrite-education Orwellian N...
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