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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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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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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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Where DeVos Stands on Standards

  In a piece published by Western Journalism, Janice Daniels contends that Betsy DeVos’ “indefensible support and promotion” of high, comparable education standards should disqualify her from serving as the U.S. Secretary of Education. “Americans need a sound education in American history,” Daniels says, which conflicts with more rigorous education standards. President Trump, she surmises,...

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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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WSJ Columnist Confused About School Improvement Grants vs State Standards

  Wall Street Journal columnist Tawnell Hobbs, erroneously conflates cherry-picked state assessment data with a federal grant program to press the case that U.S. Secretary of Education-designee Betsy DeVos could use “reading and math scores [that] were essentially flat” over the last few years to “push her ideas for education.” The article notes that schools...

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