Tag: common core tests

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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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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Correcting the Record: Illinois Hasn’t Scrapped PARCC Assessments

  A Breitbart News headline proclaims that Illinois has dumped Common Core assessments. The article goes on to claim PARCC took too much time away from classroom instruction, which compelled officials to replace the exam with the SAT for high school juniors. “We should eliminate duplication,” says Roger Eddy, executive director for the Illinois Association...

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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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Teachers Across the Country Support Common Core

In an op-ed this week, North Dakota teacher Justin LaBar called North Dakota State Superintendent “either delusional or a liar. Maybe both.” He claims that Common Core is a one-size-fits-all approach to math and English. LaBar’s piece reads more like a list of grievances than a reasoned rebuttal of Baesler’s announcement that the state is...

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