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Shanahan on Literacy: Indiana Drops Common Core

Shanahan on Literacy: Indiana Drops Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Yesterday, Indiana became the fifth state to choose not to teach to the Common Core standards (CCSS). Opponents of these shared standards have complained less about their content, than about how they were adopted. Critics claim the federal government forced states to adopt these standards by advantaging them in the Race to the Top competition. Two problems with those claims: (1) Indiana didn’t compete for Race to the Top—so there was no federal gun to its head, and (2) states, like Indiana, that don’t adopt Common Core face absolutely no federal penalty. 
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Examining How Common Core and Indiana's Draft Standards Differ

Examining How Common Core and Indiana's Draft Standards Differ | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
A comparison between kindergarten math standards in the Common Core State Standards and the draft Indiana standards released Feb. 19 reveal some important distinctions.
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Many eyes reviewing Indiana’s proposed K-12 academic standards

Many eyes reviewing Indiana’s proposed K-12 academic standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

A draft version of Indiana’s new “college and career ready” academic standards for grades K-12 was released late Wednesday, but it could be days before a key question is answered: How do these new standards compare to the controversial Common Core?

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A Point-by-Point Rebuttal of Today’s Anti-Common Core Op-ed in the Wall Street Journal : Education Next

A Point-by-Point Rebuttal of Today’s Anti-Common Core Op-ed in the Wall Street Journal : Education Next | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As I’ve said and written about a million times, there are plenty of reasons to be against the Common Core. As with any public-policy issue, there are pros and cons, upsides and downsides—in short, trade-offs.


Still, many of those crusading against the Common Core have been playing fast and loose with the facts and purposefully spreading misinformation—nobody more than the folks at the Pioneer Institute. This is a shame, because they probably have the best argument against the Common Core, at least in their home state of Massachusetts: The Bay State’s standards were already excellent and already getting results. It should have passed on the Common Core. But because it didn’t, Pioneer seems intent on bringing down the whole enterprise, regardless of how helpful it might be for the other forty-nine states.


In that spirit, let me offer this rebuttal to today’s Wall Street Journal column by Pioneer’s Jamie Gass and Charles Chieppo.

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Mike Petrilli states, "This is a shame, because they [Massachusetts] probably have the best argument against the Common Core, at least in their home state of Massachusetts: The Bay State’s standards were already excellent and already getting results.


Unlike in my home state of Indiana where we have state standards that are rated very well by Fordham but not getting results. Common Core has recently stalled in our state. It really wasn't about curriculum, instruction and assessment, IMHO. It was a polarizing, political event. 


What's fascinating (probably not the right choice of words) is that Mr. Petrilli is spot on!  Criticizers of the Common Core keep spewing the same statements and misinformation (at times more quickly and loudly), but when confronted with legitmate counter claims, they just keep barrelling ahead.  There doesn't appear to be any discussion, any collaboration or any meeting of the minds. It appears to be "my way or the highway." 


Check out this recent interchange between my colleague and Hoosiers Against Common Core. Is anyone listening out there? 

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When 1 + 1 = 0: Why the new Indiana draft standards don’t make the grade

When 1 + 1 = 0: Why the new Indiana draft standards don’t make the grade | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

On February 18, the Indiana Department of Education released the first public draft of a set of new K–12 expectations for English language arts and math. The proposed changes take place against the backdrop of a rollercoaster debate about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that has seen numerous ups and downs since the state first adopted the CCSS back in August 2010. This contentious debate culminated in passage of legislation in April 2013 that paused CCSS implementation and charged the state Board of Education with adopting new college- and career-readiness standards.

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Critics Say Proposed Academic Standards Overlap Too Much With Common Core

Critics Say Proposed Academic Standards Overlap Too Much With Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Common Core critics want to see fewer of the nationally-crafted academic standards in Indiana's next set of student expectations.
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Can you say "nightmare?"

 

Indiana splits from other states and writes their own academic standards in a few short weeks.  The public comment period reveals some aren't so satisfied.  It's like a bad dream for educators that want to get on with planning, collaborating and teaching.

 

BTW states can add up to 15% of their own material to the CCSS. However what's the guidelines on a rewrite?  Can states rewrite them and call them their own without copyright infringement?

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Core2Class: Isn't Indiana Ed. Policy Heading Toward Something Akin to CCSS?

Core2Class: Isn't Indiana Ed. Policy Heading Toward Something Akin to CCSS? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Unless I'm misunderstanding things, it sure seems like we are headed down a path that bears a striking resemblance to a policy commensurate with those states that have adopted CCSS and the corresponding consortia assessments.  For a multitude of reasons (cost being one), Indiana will most likely not design its own independent state test to align with whatever standards framework it ultimately approves.  This is noteworthy in that one of the rationales given for the "timeout" was the lack of any local role in creating the new standards and tests.  So, if Indiana is not going to design its own test, what options does it have left?  Doesn't it stand to reason that whatever test the state decides to use will, in some fashion or another, be aligned to Common Core?  Given this, doesn't it also stand to reason that Indiana will have to adopt a standards framework that, if it's not called "Common Core," will have to look and feel a lot like it?

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Shanahan on Literacy: Indiana Backs Down on Common Core

Shanahan on Literacy: Indiana Backs Down on Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Indiana is the first state to withdraw from the common core state standards. Previously, there were four states that had not adopted the standards, but of those that had done so, Indiana is the first to back down. Technically, they have only “suspended” their CCSS efforts for further study so it is possible that this will just be a delay and not an actual withdrawal, but the politics around this in Indiana suggest that this may be the beginning of the end of CCSS there.

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This Hoosier, agrees with Tim Shanahan's comments "That makes this concern more of a political wedge issue than an education concern. "

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