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March 19, 2017

“Overtesting” vs. Fewer, Better Assessments

Parents and community members have often raised concerns about over-testing in schools, wondering whether the amount of time spent taking…

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March 17, 2017

Opting Out Isn’t the Answer

Proponents of opting out have been loud in their objections to assessments. However, opt-out efforts do more harm than good.…

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March 16, 2017

Local Control Alive and Well in States Using Common Core State Standards

Opponents of high, comparable standards have often claimed that the Common Core State Standards were federally-driven and forced upon states.…

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March 15, 2017

Let’s Stop Perpetuating the Myth that Teachers Hate High Standards

Opponents often claim that high, comparable standards rigidly dictate to educators what to teach and how to teach it. That…

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March 13, 2017

Education Standards Have No Bearing on Student Data Policies

Data are useful tools for educators. They empower teachers to identify learning trends, determine what’s working and where students need support,…

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March 12, 2017

New Math? Common Core Math?

Every few months, it seems that a new article circulates highlighting parent concerns about math. Their child brought home a…

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March 11, 2017

Federal Overreach? Common Core Is – and Always Has Been – a State and Local Initiative

Seven years ago, state leaders identified a problem: inconsistent and low academic standards created big discrepancies in classroom expectations and…

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March 10, 2017

With Higher Standards, Teachers Using Even More Creative Approaches

When Elizabeth Little, a middle school teacher in California, started developing lesson plans to help her students achieve to the…

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March 09, 2017

When It Comes to State Standards, “Going It Alone” Hasn’t Worked Well For States

Seven years ago, most states adopted a higher, comparable baseline of education standards. For the first time, states and districts…

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