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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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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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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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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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Common Core Assessments are the Opposite of ‘Glorified Multiple-Choice Tests’

A Hechinger Report article suggests assessments aligned to Common Core State Standards will lead to less diversity in International Baccalaureate (IB) classes by disqualifying students who traditionally do not perform well on standardized tests. Some educators say exams aligned to the Common Core “are just glorified multiple-choice tests,” the article states. “The tests are so...

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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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