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Teachers’ Advice to Parents about Common Core Math Homework

It isn’t uncommon to see posts on social media from parents who are confused by what is happening in their child’s classroom, especially when it comes to math homework. Common Core is often blamed for the unfamiliar math methods — but in fact, lots of these methods weren’t created by the Common Core, they are…

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Education Next Poll: Strong Support for High Standards, Not Labels

On August 23, 2016, Jim Cowen, Executive Director of the Collaborative for Student Success, released the following memo on Education Next’s new poll results on high standards and assessments: Education Next’s annual public opinion survey confirms what we’ve long suspected: it’s time to stop fighting about the words “Common Core” and move forward. While the Common…

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Score Reports: Empowering Parents and Families with Information

As summer winds down, parents across the country are learning how their children performed last year on tests aligned to their state’s academic standards. End of year tests are just one measure and should be used in combination with report cards, teacher feedback, and classroom work to create a complete picture of a student’s progress…

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Fact-Checking Georgia Teacher’s Claims About Common Core’s ELA Standards

In a strongly-worded blog post reprinted by both Atlanta Journal Constitution‘s Get Schooled blog and Washington Post‘s Answer Sheet blog, Georgia high school teacher D’Lee Pollock-Moore details, what she calls, the “seven deadly sins of Common Core English standards,” claiming that the standards are “too ambiguous” and “devalue key components” of the English-language arts curriculum. Pollock-Moore claims that under the Common…

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It’s Still Early, But Test Results Appear to Show Improvements

From Jim Cowen, Executive Director of the Collaborative for Student Success Last year, most states administered assessments aligned to Common Core State Standards for the first time, establishing a new, more rigorous baseline for student achievement. As the Collaborative noted then, the milestone marked a new era in education. Finally, states began measuring students to…

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New Alabama Superintendent Will Face Challenges, But Not Common Core

While Alabama just selected education consultant Michael Sentance as the new Superintendent of Schools this morning, an article earlier today detailed the educational challenges that he may face. Candidates for the position noted that aligning “our assessment and accountability system” and a “lack of unity … to the entire educational community” are among pressing issues….

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Leaked DNC Emails Underscore the Politicization of the Common Core

  Emails released by WikiLeaks ahead of the Democratic National Convention indicate members of the party’s communications team identified the Common Core as a “third rail” that should be avoided, Education Week’s Andrew Ujifusa reports. “Common Core is a political third rail that we should not be touching at all,” wrote Eric Walker, deputy communications…

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Nine Times Diane Ravitch Was Wrong About Common Core in the New York Times

It was no surprise when, this weekend, education historian and vehement Common Core-opponent Diane Ravitch railed against the standards and assessments – again – this time in a New York Times op-ed. While she admits to numerous times she’s been completely wrong in the past, we’d like to take this opportunity to point out nine…

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Governor Jan Brewer: Parents and Students Need a High, Consistent Baseline in Education

Parents deserve a high, consistent academic baseline that prepares their children for college and careers, says former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on The Dom Giordiano Show. “As a mother or father, that’s what we’re concerned about.” Listen to her interview below:

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Rev. Rodriguez: Education in the United States is still not equitable for minority students

Dear Editor: I was heartened to see Juan Williams’ column “The Scandal of K-12 Education” bring prominence to what we on the ground know about education: it is not equitable across our nation if you are a minority student. It saddens me to read that Hispanic fourth graders in Alabama are reading two grade levels below their…

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Catholic School Officials See Value in High, Consistent Learning Goals

  The Catholic Citizens of Illinois report that Michigan’s Diocese of Marquette recently announced its schools will pursue a liberal-arts curriculum instead of one aligned to the Common Core (which the article mischaracterizes as a “set of federal education standards”). Although church officials acknowledge the “base” content emphasized by Common Core could offer a reference…

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Holding Kentucky Students to Rigorous Learning Goals Is the Right Formula to Close Achievement Gaps

  Kentucky’s latest ACT results are evidence the state’s Common Core-aligned standards have exacerbated achievement gaps, argues Richard Innes of the Bluegrass Institute. “Kentucky’s largest minority student group experienced a slight achievement gap decay during the past three years,” Innes writes on the Bluegrass Institute’s blog. “If Common Core is supposed to improve performance for…

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What Breitbart Got Wrong on Education Next’s Poll Results about Common Core

  Reporting on the latest annual Education Next public opinion survey, Breitbart News’ Susan Berry suggests support for Common Core State Standards fell because parents know the learning goals “are not the ‘rigorous’ program pitched by its proponents.” “Ever increasingly, parents are realizing that the Common Core Standards lock their children into an inferior education…

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No, Common Core Is Not a Plot to Impose a ‘Planned Economy’

  The “unpopular nationalized” Common Core State Standards are a device “Hillary and Bill Clinton have been working on for years” to establish a school-to-career pipeline, Breitbart News alleges. “The Common Core Standards and the student data collected through the Common Core-aligned tests are serving as a vehicle to provide big business with a government…

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High-Quality Assessments Are Not the Enemy

  According to a teacher survey in New Jersey’s Middlesex County, 60% of respondents say PARCC assessments have created stress and anxiety, Tap into Nutley reports. The findings indicate PARCC has negatively impacted students, the article suggests, and “drains significant instructional time.” “No ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach ever works,” claimed State Senator Patrick Diegnan at the release…

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Common Core Isn’t about ‘Guesstimating’ or ‘Abstract Concepts’

“Everyone hates Common Core.” That’s Jennifer Kabbany’s claim in an article for the College Fix. “It’s not math. It’s guesstimating and abstract concepts. Remember, under Common Core, the answer to a math problem doesn’t have to be exactly right – as long as the student shows he or she understands generally how to solve the…

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High-Quality Assessments Aren’t a Punishment – They Are a Tool for Teachers, Parents and Students

  Writing in Commonwealth Magazine, Sandra Stotsky argues that the amount of energy and resources put towards curbing students from opting out of state assessments “makes one wonder what these tests are really for.” Policymakers have not “made it clear why anyone but a low-achieving kid should be taking any test for accountability,” Stotsky adds….

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Has Common Core ‘Messed Up’ Math and Taken the Excitement out of Reading? Not at All. 

  Common Core State Standards were pushed onto states by the federal government and business groups, “condemning many of our children to a hobbled life,” claims Joan Johnson, a Michigan resident, in a letter to the Livingston Daily. In math, the Common Core has “messed up” instruction from kindergarten onward, Johnson argues. It’s even “totally…

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State Assessment Results Paint a Compelling Case Common Core State Standards Are Helping to Improve Student Achievement

Although proficiency rates among New York students in grades 3-8 increased in both math and English language arts, Robin Jacobowitz and KT Tobin argue that the results are inconclusive because changes were made to the state’s tests and testing policy, in a piece posted on the Washington Post. “In an effort to be responsive to…

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Fact-Checking Georgia Teacher’s Claims About Common Core’s ELA Standards

In a strongly-worded blog post reprinted by both Atlanta Journal Constitution‘s Get Schooled blog and Washington Post‘s Answer Sheet blog, Georgia high school teacher D’Lee Pollock-Moore details, what she calls, the “seven deadly sins of Common Core English standards,” claiming that the standards are “too ambiguous” and “devalue key components” of the English-language arts curriculum. Pollock-Moore claims that under the Common…

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It’s Still Early, But Test Results Appear to Show Improvements

From Jim Cowen, Executive Director of the Collaborative for Student Success Last year, most states administered assessments aligned to Common Core State Standards for the first time, establishing a new, more rigorous baseline for student achievement. As the Collaborative noted then, the milestone marked a new era in education. Finally, states began measuring students to…

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Common Core State Standards Are Still the Right Way to Prepare Students for College and Careers

On June 13, 2016, Jim Cowen, Interim Executive Director of the Collaborative for Student Success, released the following memo in response to the release of ACT’s National Curriculum Survey: Last week ACT released the results of its latest National Curriculum Survey, a periodic poll of K-12 and college educators. The report suggests big discrepancies between…

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The Fallacy of Going It Alone on Student Assessments

On June 3, 2016, Jim Cowen, Interim Executive Director of the Collaborative for Student Success, released the following memo detailing the fiscal and logistical challenges facing states that have moved away from the PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments: Last year, for the first time, a majority of states across the country implemented meaningful tests aligned…

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States Once Again Affirm Their Support for the Common Core

On May 5, 2016, Jim Cowen, Interim Executive Director of the Collaborative for Student Success, released the following memo showing how the Common Core State Standards continue to prevail across the country: Six years in, the debate over high, comparable standards has subsided. Predictions of widespread repeal have failed to materialize. In Indiana and South Carolina,…

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What America Can Learn from Oklahoma’s Go-It-Alone Approach

This week marks an important moment for academic standards in Oklahoma: will the state regress to a lower bar or will they stand for higher expectations? As soon as today, Oklahoma lawmakers must decide if they want to approve weaker standards or start over again. And the rest of the country will be watching. Towards…

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Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and the Common Core Confusion

On March 14, 2016 Karen Nussle, Executive Director of the Collaborative for Student Success, weighed in on Common Core which came up in the March 10 GOP debate: To the casual observer watching last Thursday’s Republican presidential debate, it must have seemed that K-12 curriculum in America is tightly managed by federal bureaucrats, and Common Core State…

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Why Common Core is a Non-Issue in the Race for President

On January 28, 2016 Karen Nussle, Executive Director of the Collaborative for Student Success, weighed in on Common Core as a non-issue in the presidential elections: In a primetime debate two weeks ago in South Carolina, Republican leaders engaged in a spirited dialogue about the Common Core State Standards and what each’s position means for their…

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Hidden Camera Footage Offensive to Supporters of Common Core

Washington, DC – Blair Mann, Director of Media Relations for The Collaborative for Student Success released the following statement on January 12th, 2016 after a conservative activist released secretly recorded video of individuals in the sales and education professions denigrating children and Common Core State Standards: “Like many other organizations committed to raising education standards, we…

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The Empire State’s Affirmation of Common Core

On Tuesday December 15, 2015, Karen Nussle, Executive Director of the Collaborative for Student Success issued the following statement on New York’s Task Force recommendations to revise the state’s Common Core State Standards: New York this past week became the latest in a long line of states to embark on a process to revise and…

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Every Student Succeeds Act: Reversal of Bush-Era Education Law Restores Local Control

On Tuesday December 8, 2015, Karen Nussle, Executive Director of the Collaborative for Student Success issued the following statement on the passing of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Earlier today, the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly and in bipartisan fashion to approve the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a bill that represents a significant shift…

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