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ESSA Essentials: Plans, plans and more plans

Here are the top ESSA-related stories you should know about from this past week: 1. “North Dakota officials are bracing for a fight with the federal Education Department” Education Week reports this week that, “North Dakota officials are bracing for a fight with the federal Education Department,” when it comes to their ESSA plan. Some…

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A Military Spouse You Need to Know

Today is Military Spouse Appreciation Day which feels like the perfect opportunity to tell you about a very special person to me: Christi Ham. Married to Retired Army General Carter Ham, Christi spent nearly four decades of her life as a military spouse, traveling from state to state, and from country to country. As she…

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ESSA Essentials: ESSA co-author talks about importance of local control, two states submit plans

In case you’re not already signed up for our ESSA Advance newsletter (sign up here!), here are the top ESSA stories you should know about from this past week: 1. Former Rep. Kline discusses ESSA and local control while Former Gov. Jack Markell sees opportunity for assessment audits. Former Congressman and chair of the House Education Committee,…

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ESSA Essentials: What civil rights organizations are most concerned about…

In case you’re not already signed up for our ESSA Advance newsletter (sign up here!), here are the top ESSA stories you should know about from this past week: 1. Read our new analysis on what the media and experts have been saying about ESSA. It’s been over a year since we first began issuing the ESSA…

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ESSA So Far

Over the past year the Collaborative for Student Success has been paying close attention to everything happening at the federal and state level around the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – as well as what experts and advocacy groups have been saying. This spring we took a step back to examine the more than 820…

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ESSA Essentials: Peer reviews, achievement gaps, trackers, and more

Every week in our ESSA Advance newsletter, we identify and share the most important pieces of news, analysis, and opinion about the Every Student Succeeds Act. In case you missed it – here are the top items you should know about this week: 1. ESSA Peer Review Is Underway: Led by Bellwether and the Collaborative…

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DeVos Explains Why Dept. of Education Has Moved on From “Common Core”

  On Monday, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was asked by Fox News’ Bill Hemmer to clarify the Trump administration’s position on the Common Core State Standards. “There isn’t really any Common Core anymore, and each state is able to set the standards for their state,” Secretary DeVos replied. “The Every Student Succeeds Act, which is in the…

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PJNET, Common Core, and #AlternativeFacts on Twitter

When Common Core starts blowing up on Twitter, it’s usually the #PJNET bot at work. Started by a for-profit religious group in Florida, the Patriot Journalist Network (PJNET) has users sign up and give the PJNET bot access to their Twitter accounts to post tweets that look like they were manually posted by users. Users…

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Month of the Military Child: High, Consistent State Standards Make All The Difference

April marks the Month of the Military Child to raise awareness of the challenges facing military-connected children. Military children move, on average, 6-9 times during their K-12 career – to new schools, new states, and new countries. With all the change that come with moving from place to place, high, consistent state standards can make…

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Gov. Jan Brewer Discusses Month of the Military Child on Fox News

April 13, 2017 April is Month of the Military Child and a great opportunity to discuss the challenges facing students in military families as they move from state to state and school to school three times as often as their civilian peers. Yesterday Former Governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, stopped by Fox News’ America’s Newsroom program to…

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Beyond Compliance: Independent Peer Review to Examine ESSA Plans

Last week the Collaborative for Student Success and Bellwether Education Partners announced a new effort to independently review state accountability plans. The peer review is meant to capture the strengths and weaknesses of each state’s plan, highlight promising ideas as well as policies that work towards increasing achievement and promoting equity, and provide feedback to…

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Kicking Off Month of the Military Child

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos marked the beginning of April – Month of the Military Child – by visiting a Department of Defense School at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. In her comments there, she recognized the challenges faced by military-connected students as they transition to a new school and discussed the importance of making sure…

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Secretary DeVos’ Statements on Accountability Reason for Concern

Recently, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos raised some concerns with some surprising comments about her views on annual state testing. In an interview with a Florida television station Secretary DeVos said, “Testing is an important part of the equation, but I think it’s really a matter for the states to wrestle with, to decide…

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It’s Way Past Time to Listen to Teachers

Teachers are the most important factor in educating students. But too often, teacher voices are overlooked in state- and district-level policy conversations. Fortunately for teachers, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) presents many promising opportunities.  The law mandates that stakeholders, including teachers, are meaningfully engaged as states make decisions about implementation and develop their accountability…

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Annual Assessments Are About Improving a Student’s Chance at Success

Annual assessment season is right around the corner, and with it comes the annual clamor from opt-out proponents asking others to join them in having their children not show up for the annual tests.  The same opt-out arguments are being regurgitated in New York right now: the testing culture “is punitive in nature;” assessments put…

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Teachers Recognize the Power of High-Quality Assessments

As spring approaches, schools across the country will have their students participate in statewide annual assessments. With that, inevitably comes the call from a small but vocal chorus of individuals trying to encourage parents to opt their children out of these high-quality assessments. Jen Grana, a parent in New Jersey, recently posted that plea, asking fellow…

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Why Anti-Common Core TwitterBots Won’t Make President Trump “Repeal” High Standards

  On the Huffington Post, Rebecca Klein profiles members of the anti-Common Core movement and their vow to get President Trump to make good on his campaign promise to dismantle the Common Core State Standards.  As one conservative said about the movement, “one thing I know about the Common Core grassroots is they don’t give…

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What SB1 Means for Kentucky’s High Standards

  On March 15, 2017 Jim Cowen, Executive Director of the Collaborative for Student Success, released the following memo in response to the passage of SB1 in Kentucky. Today, Kentucky passed SB1, a bill that affirms the state’s control of its education system by enumerating educational priorities and doubling down on high academic standards. The…

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Raising the Bar is the Right Move for Students

What happens when you set the bar high for all students? They rise to the occasion. A high school’s “academic intensity” is the most important factor in whether or not students go on to complete college, the New York Times recently reported. The article, “A School Where Raising the Bar Lifts Hope,” takes a close…

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The Anti-#CommonCore Movement on Twitter: Thousands of angry people? Or one well-paid Floridian robot?

Over the past three years, almost 200,000 tweets with angry memes of zombie children, rotten apples, and Islamophobic messaging have been filling up the #CommonCore space on Twitter, crowding out helpful information and productive dialogue on high, comparable math and English standards. Turns out – a vast number of these tweets originate from a single Twitter…

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Read Across America Day

“It is better to know how to learn than to know” As we celebrate Read Across America Day, it’s almost impossible to do so without thinking about Dr. Seuss. If we’ve learned anything from Dr. Seuss, it’s that creativity and imagination play a vital role in helping students fall in love with reading! Did you…

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Most #CommonCore Opponents Don’t Actually Dislike Common Core? 

  Two years ago the Consortium for Policy Research in Education at University of Pennsylvania released an analysis of conversations about #CommonCore on Twitter. This morning the group released an update on how these conversations have changed over the past 2 years and shared some of their takeaways. Jonathan Supovitz and his colleagues looked at…

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Facebook Reacts to Dad’s Common Core Math Piece in Forbes

Last week on Facebook we shared a great piece that appeared in Forbes, written by a physics professor, Chad Orzel, who shared why he’s such a fan of Common Core math. “As a professor of physics and a parent of two elementary-school students,” Professor Orzel wrote, “I really like what I see of the math…

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Secretary DeVos and States Move Past the Politicized Debate over Standards

On February 16, 2017, Jim Cowen, Executive Director of the Collaborative for Student Success, released the following memo in response to recent comments made by U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, on what the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) means for the Common Core State Standards: During his campaign, we heard President Trump vow to “repeal Common…

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Pursuing Success Even in the Face of Adversity

Chaos all around: large crowds yelling, police everywhere, and federal marshals in front and behind you for protection. This is a glimpse into the first day of school for the young civil rights activist Ruby Bridges. Ruby boldly stood in the face of adversity and defied many odds on November 14, 1960, when she became…

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Statement on the Confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education

WASHINGTON (February 7, 2017) – In response to today’s Senate vote confirming Betsy DeVos as the new U.S. Secretary of Education, Collaborative for Student Success Executive Director Jim Cowen has issued the following statement: “We are encouraged to hear Secretary DeVos has pledged to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) as written by Congress,…

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Educating Military-Connected Students: What Does It Mean for Military Readiness?

The findings from a survey of Military Times readers highlight the powerful connection between the K-12 education of military-connected children and military readiness. U.S. service members with children are strongly influenced by how well their child is performing academically as well as perceptions of the quality of education their child will receive at a new posting….

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Report: Better Serving Those Who Serve

For the more than 1 million school-aged children in public schools that have a parent serving active duty in the United States military, access to a high-quality education can be problematic. With that in mind, the Lexington Institute’s new report, “Better Serving Those Who Serve: Improving the Educational Opportunities of Military-Connected Students,” examines the overwhelming…

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That First-Grade Math Problem That Went Viral…

After a North Carolina family posted a first-grade math problem on Facebook challenging friends to figure out how to solve the problem, Fox News Insider highlights the post noting that “adults react with consternation to a new brain-teaser.” Yet this piece (and others sharing the family’s Facebook post) neglects to mention that the family was…

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Why West Virginia Would Be Better Off Sticking With Smarter Balanced

  The West Virginia Board of Education is considering replacing Smarter Balanced exams for the state’s high school students, the West Virginia Metro News reports. New tests for high school students would be fully implemented in the 2018-19 school year, if the proposal is finalized. Statistics from the past two years show that many high…

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Improving Educational Opportunities of Military Connected Students

Upcoming Event: A panel discussion on improving educational opportunities of military-connected students. The event will feature: Release of a new Lexington Institute report on how children of active duty U.S. military personnel face a shortage of high-quality educational options that hurt academic achievement and reduce a family’s satisfaction with a military career. Release of a…

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Education Expert Says Attacks on Rigorous, Comparable Education Standards Largely ‘Fear Mongering,’ ‘Conspiracy Theories’

A review of several books critiquing states’ rigorous, comparable education standards finds that most “offer more folly than wisdom.” Robert Pondiscio of the Fordham Institute, who led the evaluation, notes that few of the books make an attempt to persuade readers to reject higher standards on “merits or lack thereof.” “Some barely take up the…

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Three Education Promises to Make for 2017

Many of us take the start of a new year as an opportunity to take a big leap into action. While some of our resolutions end up centering around personal improvement (save more money, go to the gym, get a new job), 2017 presents an excellent opportunity to make a new and daring resolution: to…

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You Can’t Use Up Creativity

This year, we’ve shared quite a few examples of how teachers are being creative in the classroom. But teachers across the country are being so creative – and sharing their fun and exciting ways of helping students learn – that we thought they were worth highlighting again: To engage her math students, California teacher Elizabeth Little…

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High Standards Encourage Academic Success for All Students

  Heartland Institute Education Policy Research Fellow Teresa Mull tees off on the poor display of U.S. students on the Program for International Student Assessment, blaming the Common Core standards for schools “no longer teach[ing] reading, writing, and arithmetic.” She argues that under the standards, “math is backwards, confusing… and the reading standards fill students’…

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What You Should Know About PISA and High Standards

If you’ve read any of the coverage of the PISA results released this week, you’d rightfully be concerned about the state of math education in this country and our global competitiveness. According to PISA, U.S. performance slipped by 11 percentage points in mathematics and the United States now ranks 31st among the 35 members of…

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Correcting the Record: Have States Moved Away From High Standards?

  Suggesting that states adopted high, comparable education standards because the federal government “made it very hard to say no,” a video by the Daily Signal claims that since the Race to the Top program ended, “one by one, states have slowly dropped out.” That alleged mass movement away from higher standards, the video adds, was…

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Trump’s Education Secretary Pick Is a Strong Supporter of Rigorous Education Standards

  President-elect Donald Trump’s announcement that he will appoint Betsy DeVos, head of the American Federation for Children, to serve as Secretary of Education ignited a lot of speculation about whether Ms. DeVos supports Common Core State Standards. A Breitbart News article calls DeVos “pro-Common Core,” yet other news outlets, like Newsday, claim she is…

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Calls for President-Elect Trump to End Rigorous, Comparable Education Standards Are a Moot Point

  Among the items President-elect Donald Trump has signaled he wants to accomplish in his first 100 days in office is to “end Common Core,” an analysis by the New York Times notes. The piece acknowledges that the move would require support from Congress, and “it is unclear how Congress would get rid of Common…

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Across the Country, Third-Graders are Building Math Muscles

There’s no doubt about it — students are rising to the challenge of higher standards. In a majority of states that have released 2016 assessment scores aligned to states’ higher academic standards, students in grades 3-8 have made significant gains.  While we’ve seen math scores improve across the board, third-grade students are showing how higher…

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Why State and Local Politicians Should Continue to Embrace High, Comparable Standards

  The biggest threat to rigorous, comparable education standards likely won’t be from the Trump White House, but instead from opponents at the state level, Matt Barnum writes for the 74 Million. “The success of anti-Common Core candidates in multiple states suggest the standards may be at risk – although it’s unclear how much power…

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High, Comparable Standards Aren’t Being Dictated Down to Parents – Parents Are Calling for Them

  Writing on the CATO at Liberty blog, Neal McCluskey argues that parents are rejecting high, comparable education standards because they were foisted on states by the federal government. “We all saw populist frustration boil over with the federally coerced Common Core national curriculum standards. Average Americans rejected the Core over paternalistic, ‘you just don’t…

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A Music Educator Puts a Unique Spin on Common Core and Music Standards

Given everything on their plates, it can be an added challenge for teachers to meaningfully collaborate across different subject areas. But with high, consistent standards, schools have an even greater opportunity to share ideas between teachers within their district, around the state, and even across state lines. In many schools, barriers to collaboration are straightforward….

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The Results Are In: High Standards Are Leading to Better Outcomes

Six years after the majority of states adopted higher K-12 academic standards, new data suggest proficiency among students is improving. Among the more than 40 states that have adopted and maintained high standards, the vast majority have seen proficiency rates improve. Among third grade students – students whose entire academic careers have been guided by…

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States Have Used the Common Core to Set High, Comparable Learning Goals. That Is a Huge Success for Schools, Parents and Students

An Education Week map that tracks implementation of Common Core State Standards indicates nine states have announced “major” rewrites or replacements. According to the analysis, those include states like Indiana, Louisiana, New Jersey, South Carolina and West Virginia. However, nearly across the board, so-called “rewrites” have produced modest changes that tailor the learning goals to…

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Scary Fact: Parents don’t have enough information!

A recent poll from Learning Heroes found that 90 percent of parents surveyed said they think their child is performing at or above grade level. Why is this scary?  Well, trick-or-treaters, it turns out there is a huge gap between parents’ perceptions of how their students measure up academically and how their kids are actually…

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‘Dancing With The Stars’ helps students learn math

Previously, we’ve shared how California teacher Elizabeth Little uses her state’s high standards to teach students to make a banana calculator, and how Lauren Leigh Kelley in New York has been using hip-hop in her literacy curriculum. But here’s another creative curriculum pairing we weren’t expecting to hear about: Dancing With the Stars and high…

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High, Consistent Academic Standards Don’t Conflict with Catholic Education

A report by the Pioneer Institute and the American Principles Project argues Common Core State Standards are incompatible with Catholic education because of their focus on workforce preparation. “The basic goal of Common Core is not genuine education, but rather the training and production of workers for an economic machine,” the report claims. “Common Core…

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Could “I’m not a math person” become a thing of the past?

Students across the United States are making meaningful gains. A huge amount of credit goes to teachers, parents, and students for the hard work they’ve put in. However high standards have played an important role too! As Jim Cowen explained last week, the results from 2016 assessments “suggest that the promise of higher academic standards—whatever…

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ESSA Gives State and Local Leaders the Opportunity to Step Up and Ensure All Students Needs Are Met

In the opinion pages of the Boston Globe, James Nehring, a Massachusetts professor and former principal, contends that the Every Student Succeeds Act will likely fail to improve student outcomes because the law holds on to accountability requirements “like a dog does a bone.” “The regulatory process associated with implementation will inevitably corrupt the law’s…

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Scores on the Rise: Majority of States with High Standards in Place See Improvement

On October 5, 2016 Collaborative for Student Success Executive Director Jim Cowen released the following memo on the states’ recent test scores: A few weeks ago, I wrote that states with tests aligned to new, higher academic standards were beginning to report year-over-year scores. Students, parents, teachers and policymakers could now assess student progress and adjust…

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States Spend Money on Education Regardless of Whether or Not They Adopted Common Core

  Common Core State Standards “have not only failed to produce the results that proponents promised, they are also incredibly expensive,” claims Teresa Mull, a research fellow at the Heartland Institute, in the opinion pages of the Washington Times. Citing a study by the Education Policy Analysis Archives, which alleges “the entire claim [about higher…

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Third Graders Across the Country Are Making Meaningful Gains in Math

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Donald Trump Speaks Collection of Disparate Words Vaguely Centered on Common Core, Twitter Responds

In a statement yesterday, businessman Donald Trump spoke about Common Core. Complete with incomplete sentences, the overall impact of his words show a lack of understanding of what Common Core is, and what powers a President has over states setting academic standards. His statement, in full, via Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale, is: “Well, we’re…

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Eyeing New Tests, Colorado Risks Following in the Costly Footsteps of Other States That Have ‘Gone It Alone’

  Members of the Colorado Board of Education signaled Wednesday that they may explore scrapping the state’s PARCC assessment and starting from scratch, Chalkbeat Colorado reports. In an informal 5-2 vote, the Board agreed to take up the issue formally later this year. “If we don’t do anything now, we won’t do anything,” said Board…

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Think English Learners Shouldn’t Be Held to High Standards? Think Again.

The Common Core State Standards were designed to help all students achieve to high levels. And the authors of the standards made it clear from the beginning that all included our nation’s fastest growing population of students: English learners. Yet, some argue that certain populations of students can’t achieve to college-and-career ready levels. With that…

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Statement from Collaborative for Student Success on Donald Trump’s Education Remarks

Collaborative for Student Success Executive Director Jim Cowen released the following statement regarding Donald Trump’s education “policy” remarks that get the facts wrong on high academic standards: “Donald Trump fundamentally misunderstands the Common Core. He apparently doesn’t know, or doesn’t care, that when he calls for equity in education, access, affordability and accountability to the…

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PDK Poll Joins the Call to Keep the Bar High

From Jim Cowen, Executive Director of the Collaborative for Student Success While Americans may disagree over the exact purpose of a strong education, they roundly agree that educators should challenge all students to develop skills necessary for success after high school, whatever path they choose. Results from Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) International’s annual public opinion…

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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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Common Core Expert Responds to New Yorkers’ Concerns About Standards, Testing, and More

In June the Collaborative for Student Success shared a Newsday editorial on Common Core in New York on our Facebook page. The editorial said that implementation woes aside, Common Core is a set of higher standards and it’s time for New York’s schools to move forward. A number of people commented on the Facebook post,…

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Gov. Jan Brewer Discusses the Importance of Common Core and ESSA at RNC

On July 20, 2016 former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer discussed the importance of college and career-ready standards with Tim Farley while attending the Republican National Convention. In the interview, Brewer praises Common Core’s standards and explains that, especially because of ESSA, “there’s no federal dollars” connected to Common Core. Listen here: Click here to read…

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Common Core and the Declaration of Independence

Happy 240th Birthday, America! Did you know that the Declaration of Independence is one of only four required texts listed in the Common Core State Standards? The remaining 3 are: The Preamble to the Constitution; The Bill of Rights; and President Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address. One of the great things about America is our diversity. Each state across…

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Teachers Want More PD to Help Students Reach Full Potential under Common Core

The Fordham Institute’s recent survey looks at how K-8 math educators are implementing the Common Core math standards in their classrooms. Overall, teachers think that these standards are helping them and their students grow. Fifty-three percent of teachers surveyed think the Common Core math standards will have long term benefits for their students; a majority…

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Schlafly’s Misconceptions About Common Core and Sex Education

In a confusing piece published by Town Hall, Phyllis Schlafly argues the Common Core’s promise of higher standards does not mean more rigorous intellectual content, but a “higher percentage of students passing them.” Schlafly claims, “The easiest way to get more students to pass a test is to make the standards (or the passing score)…

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Let’s Set the Record Straight on Student Performance in Kentucky

Asserting that Kentucky’s African American students haven’t fared as well under Common Core as their white peers, American Principles Project’s Jane Robbins argues that, “Kentucky was the first state in the union to adopt Common Core and to get it rolling, and to get it implemented. And evidence so far seems to be that black…

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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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Bi-Partisan Agreement for Better, Fairer, and Fewer Tests

Support for assessments that measure how students are progressing is a bi-partisan no-brainer. Annual assessments aligned to the Common Core match the skills and content students are learning and practicing in the classroom on a daily basis. Results from the assessments are one of several indicators, in combination with report cards, teacher feedback, and classroom…

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Correcting the Record: Common Core State Standards DO NOT Subject Students to Mass Data Collection

A Washington Post article describing increased collection of children’s personal data suggests education technology companies are using the Common Core to collect and sell student data. “This data is used for marketing purposes, to help target ad dollars toward the next generation of consumers,” the article claims. It cites a report by the National Center…

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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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Could High Standards Mean the End of Remediation in Higher Ed?

Evidence in Tennessee says yes. Data released this week as part of the Tennessee Higher Education fact book show a significant change in the state’s remediation rates. The percentage of college freshmen who needed math remediation went from 71 percent to 55 percent in the past four years. This means that more students attending higher education…

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Let’s Be Clear, Common Core Math Isn’t All Sticks, Dots, and Blocks…

  Changes to math instruction happening as states implement the Common Core State Standards put students who are naturally gifted at math at a disadvantage, claims Cindy Moor, a Maryland parent. “It’s crazy. It’s stupid,” Moor writes in the Delmarva Daily Times. “At what point do we stop teaching our kids to manipulate numbers with…

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Award-Winning Teachers Share Thoughts on Common Core

The National Network of State Teachers of the Year has created a series of videos interviewing award-winning teachers about their approaches in the classroom and their thoughts on the Common Core State Standards. The videos show each teacher’s unique methods and philosophies about learning, and how they personally use the Common Core State Standards to guide…

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Is the Media Really Blacklisting Common Core Opponents?

Writing in the New Boston Post, Sandra Stotsky claims the media ignores criticisms made against the Common Core State Standards because of a perception those concerns come from “wing-nuts concerned about ‘federal overreach.’” As evidence of this “blacklisting,” she cites one blogger’s vendetta against the Education Writer’s Association, the professional organization of members of the…

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Correcting the Record: Common Core State Standards Aren’t Tests

A local ABC News story, “Parents Take the Common Core,” conflates Common Core State Standards with annual student assessments, a mischaracterization frequently made in the media. In fact, parents can’t “take the Common Core,” as the headline suggests, because the standards are learning goals—guidelines for the skills students should master at each grade level that…

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The ‘Common Core Testing Regime’ and Other Head-Scratching Common Core Rumors

The Washington Post this week highlighted a report by the National Center for Education Policy which claims schools have become “soft targets” for companies to gather data about and market to children because “the Common Core testing regime requires students to take computerized tests.” The report argues: “In addition to threatening their physical well-being, marketing…

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Alaska’s Legislature Doesn’t Seem to Know They Don’t Have Common Core…

The Alaska legislature has approved legislation that would allow parents to refuse student participation in assessments and “give parents a powerful tool to push back again Common Core.” Well – let’s start by pointing out that Alaska does not have the Common Core State Standards – nor have they ever. Legislators are merely using the cover of “big…

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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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Gov. Brewer to Breitbart: Consistency in educational standards especially important for military families

Former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer appeared on Friday’s edition of Breitbart News Daily with SiriusXM host and Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon to talk about her commitment to educational reform and her support for America’s military personnel, which combine in her involvement with groups like Military Families for High Standards and theCollaborative for…

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States’ Implementation of Common Core Still New, but Evidence Indicates High Standards Are Improving Schools

A drop in the percentage of 12th grade students that are college and career ready on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is evidence Common Core State Standards are not working, Neal McCluskey argues on the CATO at Liberty blog. “Not only has there been no meaningful evidence of the Core’s effectiveness…These scores do…

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What Common Core Actually Means for Massachusetts’ History Standards

In a recent New Boston Post piece, Jennifer Braceras claims that the Common Core State Standards only teach students skills such as “how to cite primary sources to support an argument” and in so doing is damaging American history education in schools by not requiring “students learn about the birth of their country.” Braceras’ observations…

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TODAY Show Misses the Mark on Assessments

This morning, the TODAY show ran a segment on the New York’s movement to opt out of assessments. The piece featured two Long Island parents who assert that they have opted their kids out, claiming that assessments are harmful. According to the Today Show, the opt-out activists assert that assessments: a) take time away from…

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Changes to Eighth-Grade Math Don’t Mean Students Are Learning Less

Many schools are making changes to eighth-grade math, forcing families to “restrain their ambitions and delay algebra until high school,” which Washington Post columnist Jay Mathews calls “inscrutable.” “Parents who need a clear reason for restraining math acceleration in middle school are not getting it,” he adds, suggesting the progression of learning under Common Core…

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Calls for “Opting-In” Spread Through New York

“Take the damn tests.” That’s the advice of the New York Daily News as the New York state testing window opens this week. The Daily News was joined by pieces in the New York Post and The New York Times – all carrying a message about the importance of students participating in annual assessments so…

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Third Grade Math Is Unfamiliar to Many Parents. Why That’s Not a Bad Thing:

A Buzzfeed video shows several parents struggling to make sense of third-grade math problems that ask students to use multiple problem-solving approaches. “Are you just trying to make me feel stupid, Common Core?” one parent asks. “The idea that [my daughter] is learning math in a total different way is intimidating to me as a…

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Eighth Grade Math IS Changing – But Students Won’t Learn Any Less

Math is changing, but now how you might think. In the Los Angeles Times, Sonali Kohli makes note of the changes coming to eighth grade math classrooms. She writes, “instead of emphasizing Algebra I where only some students thrive, many schools are placing all students in the same general class that covers several concepts.” However,…

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Correcting the Record: Common Core Still Going Strong in States  

Washington Post columnist Jay Mathews, picking up on a study by Brooking Institution’s Tom Loveless, claims “the Common Core may already have passed its peak and begun the slow decline into oblivion.” Despite support among educators and parents, and consensus that it is too early to determine the Common Core’s impact, Mathews surmises, “It is…

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Press Release: Military Families Lead New Initiative to Combat Education Challenges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: BLAIR MANN (571) 458-7925 media@forstudentsuccess.org Military Families Lead New Initiative to Combat Education Challenges Collaborative for Student Success partners with military spouses to underscore importance of rigorous, consistent standards for military students WASHINGTON (MARCH 24, 2016) – Families of military service members and veterans understand the value of high, consistent education…

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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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The One Thing Trump and Cruz Keep Getting Wrong – That’s Not Being Fact Checked

“Common Core is a disaster.” In addition to asserting that they will both end Common Core as President of the United States (something numerous news outlets have clarified they simply cannot do), Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz have also both called the education standards a “disaster.” What Trump and Cruz mean by this is:…

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Parents, Educators, and Civil Rights Activists Opt-In

  Annual assessments are an important part of the learning process for students, teachers and schools by providing valuable feedback on student performance that can inform student supports, instructional practices and school resource allocation. When parents keep students out of the end-of-year test, it doesn’t just hurt their child, it hurts all children in their…

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Why the Massachusetts Ballot Initiative to Repeal the Common Core is a bad idea

Supporters of a ballot initiative that would repeal Massachusetts’ Common Core State Standards continued to mischaracterize the standards Monday, calling them “sinister,” and “an unholy alliance between the education industrial complex and our federal government,” WWLP News 22 reports. Diane Colorio, director of End Common Core Massachusetts, the group pushing the measure, argued the state…

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Common Core Prepares Students for Success in Math

For many students, “math is often an impenetrable barrier to academic success,” and requiring them to reach high-levels like Algebra II—as Common Core State Standards do—“drives dropouts at both the high school and college levels,” argues Dana Goldstein, an education author, in an opinion piece published by Slate. Goldstein cites fellow author Andrew Hacker, who…

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Setting the Record Straight: State Academic Standards vs. State Assessment Policies

A recent Newsday headline, “Anti-Common Core Forum in Massapequa Draws about 200 People,” suggests a large number of parents, teachers and administrators turned out to oppose New York’s Common Core Standards. In fact, as the article goes on to clarify, participants joined the forum to voice concerns about testing policies, which are separate from the…

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States are Making the Common Core Standards Work for Their Students

Contrary to Holland’s claim that Common Core aligned exams are “in the midst of a death spiral,” states are in fact staying the course with rigorous standards and high-quality assessments. Of the 45 states to initially adopt the standards, only one has moved to replace the standards with a set of distinctly different learning goals…

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Common Core Standards are Helping to Close the Honesty Gap

In a blog for Heartland Institute, Joy Pullmann claims that “despite Common Core’s promise of providing equal, nationwide benchmarks for student learning in math and reading, a new study finds proficiency levels on Common Core tests vary widely.” Contrary to Pullmann’s claims that Common Core State Standards are “inflating student proficiency,” rigorous and consistent academic…

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Common Core State Standards are a “Non-Issue” in the Presidential Race

In a column published by Townhall, Common Core opponent Phyllis Schlafly outlined how Common Core “ended the Bush Dynasty.” Schlafly details how education issues plagued both then-Vice President George H.W. Bush and George Bush, and how Governor Jeb Bush’s stance on Common Core would “‘kill’ any chance of returning the Bush family to the White…

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Is Common Core Developmentally Appropriate? Experts Say Yes  

In a blog published by Huffington Post, John Fager, a teacher and parent, claims that Common Core State Standards are a “major experiment” that is damaging children. “The problems with the Common Core are especially severe in the early grades. For example, ‘many children are not developmentally ready to read in kindergarten, yet the Common Core State…

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Correcting the Record: Common Core State Standards Set Rigorous, Age-Appropriate Learning Goals

Because Common Core State Standards were not implemented incrementally, they must either be inappropriately difficult for students already in their academic careers, or renege on their promise of increasing rigor, Alexander Hoffman argues in an opinion piece published by Education Week. “If the Common Core…is actually what it was advertised to be, then rolling it…

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Experts Agree: Common Core Helps Students Build a Strong Understanding of Math

A report by the American Principles Project argues that Common Core State Standards blur “the line of distinction between standard and curriculum” and offer no evidence they will improve students’ understanding of math. “Analysis of the standards provides no compelling evidence that excellence in understanding or applying mathematics will be attained,” the authors assert. Educators…

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Some GOP Politicians Don’t Understand that the ESSA Ends Federal Involvement in State Standards, Promotes Local Control in Education

During a recent interview published by WND News, Senator Ted Cruz again claimed Common Core State Standards are the work of federal authorities. “Education is too important, I believe, for it to be governed by unelected bureaucrats in Washington,” Cruz said. “So if I’m elected president, in the very first days in office, I intend…

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Does your state have the best assessment?

How well is your state’s assessment doing its job? Two recent studies, the first of their kind, took a look at four different assessments currently being used across the country to see the quality and alignment to Common Core State Standards. The study looked at: Smarter Balanced, administered in 17 states PARCC, administered in 10…

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Michigan Lawmakers’ Attempts to Repeal Common Core Standards Put Student Achievement at Risk

Michigan State Representative Gary Glenn will introduce legislation that seeks to repeal and replace the state’s Common Core Standards, according to a release by the group Stop Common Core in Michigan. “The goal of this legislation is to repeal the unproven, nationally driven Common Core Standards and assessments in Michigan,” the site boasts. Rep. Glenn…

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PARCC Assessments Have Not Caused “Academic Deterioration” in Massachusetts

PARCC assessments, along with Common Core State Standards, have caused an “academic deterioration” in Massachusetts, Gregory Sullivan, a research director at the Pioneer Institute, alleges in an opinion piece published by the Gloucester Times. “Over the long term, stemming the commonwealth’s decline will require restoring state English and math standards to their pre-Common Core academic…

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Falling back in love with math

Parents around the country have expressed trepidation about new math instruction they don’t recognize and rightful concern that they are unable to help their children with their homework. But, some parents have come to the realization that they want their children to be better and more confident at math than they were as students. And…

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Don’t Blame Common Core State Standards for Confusing Math Problems

  A video by the Independent Journal Review shows four adults struggling to make sense of a confusing math problem allegedly aligned to Common Core State Standards. “What I’ve heard about Common Core is that adults can’t do it,” one man says at the outset. Another participant concludes, “I wouldn’t teach [students] with this.” There…

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Massachusetts Ballot Initiative to Repeal Common Core Risks Putting Students and Teachers at a Disadvantage

End Common Core Massachusetts, a group seeking to add a ballot question that would require voters to determine whether to replace the state’s Common Core Standards, has gather enough signatures, and the issue will now be heard by the Legislature. The group’s members falsely insist that Common Core is a federal intrusion into local education…

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Harvard Study Shows Common Core Has Support of Educators and Is Bringing Positive Changes to the Classroom

A new study from Harvard’s Center for Education Policy Research looks at how educators across five states are using Common Core State Standards. The recently released report assesses educators’ efforts to meet the demands of their state’s recently adopted higher standards and finds that the standards have fostered significant positive instructional changes in classrooms and…

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What Candidates Should Be Discussing: How Every Student Succeeds Act gives control back to states

  In an opinion piece published by the Seventy-Four, Conor Williams, a senior researcher at New America’s Education Policy Program, suggests that the Every Student Succeeds Act was passed to take debate about education issues “completely off the table” during the current election cycle. Calling the ESSA a “deeply problematic law,” Williams suggest that ESSA’s…

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Correcting GOOD Magazine: States are actually making progress to deliver more consistent academic expectations

A recent article in GOOD Magazine claims the U.S. education system is in “chaos,” citing the “rise and fall of Common Core” as one example of that. But in fact, the Common Core is alive and well, and states are making progress to deliver more consistent academic expectations between states and districts. Only one state—Oklahoma—has…

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Legislation to Repeal West Virginia’s Common Core Standards Risks ‘Continuous, Relentless Disruption’

This week West Virginia lawmakers introduced legislation that seeks to replace the state’s Common Core Standards and associated assessments by the 2017-18 school year, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports. “The fact that essentially, in our estimation, what you have is Common Core Standards rebranded—to think that’s going to resolve the concerns that are out there, I…

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Is Common Core Forcing ‘Islamic Indoctrination’ on Public Schools? No.

Common Core State Standards indoctrinate public school students with Islamic ideology, a recent Investor’s Business Daily editorial egregiously alleges. “Parents should know that this unconstitutional promotion of Islam—along with the marginalization, even denigration, of Christianity—is happening in public schools across the country as part of President Obama’s Common Core curriculum.” The editorial perpetuates the flat-out…

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Alabama Lawmaker Risks Setting Students and Teachers Back

Earlier this year Alabama State Senator Rusty Glover introduced legislation for the fourth year in a row to repeal the state’s College and Career Ready Standards, which are based on the Common Core, the Decatur Daily reports. “The unproven, new Common Core standards, which replaced Alabama’s previously praised state-driven standards, are limiting our ability to…

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Opt-Out Advocates Threaten One of Parents’ and Teachers’ Strongest Tools

Even as the Every Student Succeeds Act reinforces once and for all state and local control of education and testing policies, opt-out advocates continue to undermine one of the strongest tools parents and teachers have to measure student readiness. “What was once a whisper is now boldly stated,” asserts Carol Burris, executive director of the…

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Correcting the Record: Fiorina Calls Common Core ‘Crony Capitalism’

During a town hall event in Iowa, Carly Fiorina claimed Common Core State Standards are the work of Washington bureaucrats and “crony capitalism,” Breitbart News reports. “In the case of Common Core, guess who helped write it? Textbook companies and the testing companies. It’s all crony capitalism, folks,” Fiorana asserted. In actuality, 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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Common Core Attacks Popular Among Some Republicans, But Voters Continue to Support Rigorous Education Standards

Attacking Common Core State Standards “sits at the top of the pantheon of red meat lines” for Republican presidential candidates, a recent CNN article asserts. “Common Core-bashing is a staple for almost every Republican candidate. The issue is synonymous among conservatives with Obama and the expansion of government.” While Common Core State Standards have become…

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Donald Trump Calls the Common Core a ‘Disaster’ Even Though the Standards Are Working

In a video on Facebook, Donald Trump claims, “Common Core is a total disaster. We can’t let it continue.” Mischaracterizing the standards as a federal initiative, Trump adds, “Education has to be at the local level. We can’t have the bureaucrats in Washington telling you how to manage your child’s education…We’re going to end Common…

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Massachusetts Charts a Course towards High-Quality Student Assessments

The decision by Massachusetts education officials to develop a hybrid student assessment that will incorporate elements of both PARCC and MCAS was made under pressure from Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester, who wanted to effectively keep PARCC under a new name, the Lowell Sun editorial alleges. “Chester…threw two carrots Lowell’s way to sweeten the pot,” the…

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Educators Know Common Core Is Not a Curriculum. Others Don’t Seem to Get It

A recent Yahoo! Parenting article—which actually emphasizes educators’ strong support for the Common Core—conflates the standards with curriculum and claims one would be “hard pressed to find a nice word about the curriculum from parents.” “Common Core is a set of standards—not a curriculum,” former Education Secretary Bill Bennett wrote last year. “It does not…

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Correcting the Record: New Hidden-Camera Video Is Evidence Common Core Pushes a ‘Progressive Agenda’

This week, conservative activist James O’Keefe released the latest in a series of hidden-camera videos, which shows a former textbook publisher employee saying, “Dead white guys did not create this country.” According to a WND article, the video contends that “Common Core pushes an elitist, progressive agenda of global warming, gun control and other liberal-left positions…

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Parents Have an Opportunity to Support Math Learning by Working with Teachers, Not Against Them

In an opinion piece published by Town Hall, Common Core critic James Milgram alleges that supporters of Common Core State Standards have “perpetuated a gigantic fraud on this country” and seek to have parents stop helping their kids with homework. “Asking parents to sit back and watch the sabotaging of their children’s mathematical future rather…

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Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, States Have Full Control of Education Standards—and They Continue to Implement Common Core

Voters should need leaders who will “get our education system back on track” by opposing Common Core State Standards, contends Phyllis Schlafly, an outspoken critic of the standards, in an opinion piece published by Charisma News. “We hope some candidates will distinguish themselves from the pack by calling for eliminating Common Core and restoring local…

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Common Core Hasn’t ‘Robbed a Generation’ – It’s Ensuring More Students Are Prepared for College and Careers

In an opinion piece republished by One News Now, Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars, argues “chances are [Common Core] has robbed a generation” by slowing down the progression of learning and impeding the foundations of a good education. Yet, states adopted Common Core State Standards precisely because they set rigorous, clear…

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Common Core Standards Create Greater Room for Creativity and Flexibility – They Don’t Limit It

In a letter published by the Knoxville News Sentinel, Tennessee high-school student Michael Waldrop alleges Common Core Standards “limit flexibility in the classroom” and diminish “the value of a fine-arts education.” By forcing teachers into “rigid parameters,” Waldrop contends that Common Core State Standards impede educators’ ability to adjust their lessons to meet student needs….

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Ohio Senate Candidate Calls for Ending ‘Common Core Curriculum,’ Ignores State and Local Control of the Standards

Janet Folger Porter, who is running for the Ohio Senate 22nd District seat, pledges to introduce legislation to repeal “Common Core curriculum” if elected. “Common Core curriculum, which dumbs down kids and makes them go around the block to find the answer to their addition problem—we’ve got to stop it,” Porter asserts in an interview…

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Hidden-Camera Videos Get Further Scrutiny for Misconstruing the Facts

Last week, conservative activist James O’Keefe released hidden-camera videos that allegedly reveal textbook publishers support Common Core State Standards only because of their profit-making potential. “It’s all about the money,” a Houghton Mifflin Harcourt manager says in the footage. “You don’t think that educational publishing companies are in it for the kids, do you?” In…

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Why all students deserve an education that teaches them to think critically

As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and reflect on his accomplishments, it’s hard to ignore the importance that he placed on education as a way to better one’s life – and one’s society. It’s even harder to ignore the persistent gaps in achievement that continue to separate low-income students and students of…

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Candidates Exchange Barbs over Common Core State Standards

After receiving only a single question and a passing mention through the last five Republican debates, it wasn’t surprising Common Core State Standards came up in last night’s debate. Nor was it altogether surprising the candidates discussing the issue reiterated mischaracterizations that opponents have used to derail honest debate. Speaking about his recent criticism of…

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Opt-Out Legislation in Delaware Risks Undermining Parents’, Teachers’ Access to Honest Information about Student Development

Lawmakers in Delaware are working to walk back the state’s efforts to provide parents and teachers’ with accurate information about student development, the Associated Press reports. Led by State Rep. John Kowalko, they are challenging Gov. Markell’s veto of a bill allowing students to opt out of Delaware’s Smarter Balanced assessments without repercussions. Gov. Markell,…

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Elementary school math teacher shares her thoughts on Common Core

We posted a helpful piece from The Hechinger Report on Facebook last week about how best to help your kid with math homework, especially if it’s using approaches to math you might not be familiar with. Among the responses we saw one from a teacher who teaches 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade math. We just had to…

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Hidden Camera Footage Offensive to Educators, Reiterates Importance of Local Control

On Tuesday, conservative activist James O’Keefe released a hidden-camera video that purports to show that textbook publishers support Common Core State Standards only because of their profit-making potential. “It’s all about the money,” a Houghton Mifflin Harcourt account manager says in the footage. “You don’t think that educational publishing companies are in it for the…

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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 Every Student Succeeds Act: Giving Control Back to States, Ensuring Academic Standards Are Managed Locally

In an op-ed published in the Washington Times, Robert Holland, a senior fellow at the Heartland Institute, claims the Every Student Succeeds Act “actually seals in federal control, rather than empowering local stewards of education.” Holland asserts, “It is time to stop letting political hacks and blowhards in Washington control our kids’ futures and to…

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Correcting the Record: Common Core Has ‘Robbed a Generation’

In an opinion piece published by the Heartland Institute, Peter Ward, president of the National Association of Scholars, claims states have invested too much in Common Core State Standards to get out, and “chances are it has robbed a generation.” “Policymakers and educators must implement a better educational model, a task that will involve repair…

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Correcting the Record: For Teachers and Parents, High-Quality Assessments Provide Valuable Information

On Thursday, the Connecticut Education Association, the state’s largest teacher’s union, urged the governor and state legislature to replace Smarter Balanced assessments, the Connecticut Post reports. “Why are we giving students a test when they can’t read it or write it or speak it?” said Ana Batista, a local special education teacher, who argued that…

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Following in Ohio’s Footsteps, Florida Sets Proficiency Targets Low

On January 6, the Florida Board of Education voted on new proficiency benchmarks in math and reading for the Florida Standards Assessment, the Associated Press reports. Under the new scores, more than 50 percent of 10th grade students will meet or exceed proficiency targets, significantly higher than the proficiency rate identified by the National Assessment…

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Correcting the Record: Potential Kentucky Review of the Common Core Conflated with Repeal

An Associated Press article asserts that legislation introduced in the Kentucky Senate seeks to “dismantle” the state’s Common Core Standards. State Senate Education Committee Chairman Mike Wilson says the bill will be a top priority for lawmakers because the current system has created a “quagmire of instructional compliance rather than results.” But a close read…

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States Have Taken Control of Their Education Standards. So Why Do Some Critics Still Insist Common Core Is the Work of the Federal Gov’t?

In an opinion piece published by the Daily Caller, Jane Robbins and Emmett McGroarty of the American Principles Project claim passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act will test whether state leaders will “fight on the behalf of citizenry, or whether they [will] spiral into disrepute.” Common Core State Standards, the authors argue, are “demonstrably…

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Attacks on the Campaign Trail Continue to Mischaracterize the Common Core

In a new campaign video, Senator Ted Cruz continues to falsely claim that Common Core State Standards are a tool of the federal government to take control of local education. “I will direct the U.S. Department of Education that Common Core ends today. Instead I will restore power back to the states and to the…

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‘Review’ Doesn’t Mean ‘Repeal’: Inaccurate Reporting Mischaracterizes States’ Commitment to Common Core State Standards

A recent Education World article asserts, “2015 became the year that Arkansas decided to move away from the Common Core.” It goes further to claim that “many states will be accessing or re-doing state standards to rely less on Common Core and aligned tests.” Both statements mischaracterize states’ efforts to ensure high, consistent education standards…

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Risking a Step Backward: Maine Lawmakers File Legislation to Repeal the State’s Common Core Standards

Ahead of the 2016 legislative session, Maine State Representative Will Tuell filed a bill seeking to replace the state’s Common Core State Standards by the end of the 2016-17 school year. “For parents who recognize that Common Core is a mess and a disaster, you will have a real opportunity to make a difference, and…

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Some Candidates Continue to Harp on the Common Core, Even Though States Are Moving Forward

Late last month during a campaign stop in Iowa, Senator Marco Rubio trotted out a recycled criticism of the Common Core, calling the standards a federal overstep on control of education, despite mounting evidence to the contrary. The federal government “has tried to take over our schools with Common Core,” Sen. Rubio proclaims in a…

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2015 NAEP Scores Underscore Importance of Clear, Consistent Learning Goals

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ICYMI: Louisiana Voters Overwhelmingly Support Common Core Candidates

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NAEP Release: Collaborative for Student Success

October 28, 2015 This morning NAEP released scores for students across the country. Below is our statement on the score results, along with what the media and other education groups are saying. Our statement: 2015 NAEP Scores Underscore Importance of Clear, Consistent Learning Goals In response to the new data released this morning from the…

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2015 NAEP Scores Underscore Importance of Clear, Consistent Learning Goals

Statement from Collaborative for Student Success Executive Director Karen Nussle: WASHINGTON (October 28, 2015) – In response to the new data released this morning from the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Karen Nussle, Executive Director of the Collaborative for Student Success, issued the following statement: “The results of this year’s National Assessment of…

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Polling Reinforces Support for High Standards

On August 24, 2015, Karen Nussle, Executive Director of the Collaborative for Student Success, issued the following memo on recently released poll results and the public’s opinions on state standards and accountability: Over the past two weeks, four national education polls—Education Next, Center for American Progress/Public Policy Poling, The Seventy-Four and PDK/Gallup poll of America’s Attitudes toward the…

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5 reasons annual state assessments are valuable

High standards in their schools are part of the solution, but having high-quality assessments to measure and assess their achievement year by year are equally important. It’s true that some schools and districts administer too many assessments to students, and it’s a problem that should be addressed at the local level, to see which tests…

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Arkansas’s Common Core State Standards’ Review

An Arkansas task force headed by Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin will be examining the future of the state’s academic standards. The Associated Press reported yesterday that the Lt. Governor feels “Arkansas should keep some elements of Common Core, but make improvements where needed to the controversial education standards and rename them to better reflect the state’s needs.” He added: “My view is you…

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Chris Christie on Common Core: Political Calculations, Not Policy Considerations

On May 29, Karen Nussle, Executive Director of the Collaborative for Student Success, released the following memo on the topic of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s Common Core flip flop: Following in the footsteps of other ambitious politicians, Gov. Chris Christie yesterday called for a review of the Common Core State Standards in New Jersey….

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Common Core Standards Are Here To Stay

The following is part of an April 9, 2015 memo from Karen Nussle, Executive Director of the Collaborative for Student Success: In the wake of last year’s midterms, Common Core Standards appeared to be squarely in the crosshairs of newly-elected Republican majorities that swept into office in states across the country. But some three months…

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10 Questions for Candidates Pandering on Common Core

Karen Nussle, Executive Director of the Collaborative for Student Success, released the following memo on Jan. 30, 2015: “Let the pandering begin!” That’s how radio host Jan Mickelson kicked off the Iowa Freedom Summit last weekend, an event organized by Congressman Steve King and Citizens United that kicks off the 2016 Iowa Caucus season. Mickelson…

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Addressing the High Cost of Remediation

The following memo was written by Karen Nussle, Executive Director of the Collaborative for Student Success, after President Obama’s State of the Union Address. The full memo can also be found here. The President this week gave the nation a prime time overview of his $80 billion plan to provide free community college tuition. The…

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Election Sees Victory for Many Common Core Supporters

Millions of Americans went to the polls on November 4 to vote for local, state, and federal officials and representatives. For the better part of this past year, opponents of Common Core threw everything but the kitchen sink at candidates who support high standards. But in the end, the Standards once again demonstrated their resiliency….

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