Georgia announced in July it was pulling out of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a collective of 18 states and the District of Columbia that joined forces to develop Common Core-aligned tests.
The biggest shift of the Common Core is not “what” we are teaching but “how.” To truly engage in the common core, students must do the work. Rigorous means that students are thinking critically and figuring things out for themselves.
Unfortunately, our students are used to being passive learners.
COMMON CORE GAINS AN ALLY: Teach for America plans to come out in support of the Common Core today by urging the states that have adopted the standards to stick with it, despite the loud and passionate opposition. TFA co-CEOs Elisa Villanueva Beard and Matthew Kramer said they joined Team Core because they have "seen firsthand how children (and adults) rise to meet higher expectations." TFA recruits will be trained on Common Core materials in at least some regions this summer. But the group is being careful not to alienate states that haven't adopted the standards - or that are thinking of pulling out. The CEOs' statement notes that they support other standards, too, "as long as they are truly college- and career-ready."
In its new position, Maryland will manage the finances of the state-led consortium starting on January 1, 2014. Florida previously held that role within PARCC, which is made up of 18 states plus the District of Columbia. Florida and Maryland have been working closely together to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities.
The surveys, which reflect the views of 1,000 principals in 14 states that have adopted CCSS, reveal that principals overwhelmingly support the CCSS initiative and have a strong willingness to continue to engage deeply in instructional leadership activities as states move forward with the new standards.
"Using the Metametrics Lexile Analyzer I searched for websites that would fall in the suggested band for fourth grade. First I used Google advanced search just to find websites at the “basic level.” All of the websites I checked were well over the 6-8 band. I then checked teacher websites, teacher created webquests, and popular kids news magazines. Once again the Lexile scores fell well above grade level."
Teacher Evaluations Also Likely to Determine What is Taught in Math Classrooms, Teachers Say States across the country have started to implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM).
The American Institutes for Research, in Washington, is developing an online testing system for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, made up of 25 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The certification process would require hardware manufacturers and operating-system developers—companies such as Apple, Google, and Microsoft—to pay $35,000 annually for a product to be tested for compatibility with the common-core online tests and, if approved, be included on an AIR list of supported products.
The Common Core State Standards, which spell out what K-12 students should learn in school, are at the center of a heated debate: Who should control public education? What do students really need to know? Let’s separate fact from fiction to figure out what’s at stake.
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