Tag: parents

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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The Value of Assessments: Why opting out isn’t the answer

In a new video by the Network for Public Education, Common Core opponent Diane Ravitch claims student assessments provide “no useful information” about student development. “Opt out is the only way you have to tell policymakers that they’re heading in the wrong direction,” Ravitch alleges in the clip aimed at parents. “The testing is not...

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Opting Out Should Raise a Red Flag for Parents

Writing in the Westchester Journal News, Suzanne Coyle, a local parent, urges others to withhold their children from statewide assessments. “Test-based accountability has never been shown to increase academic achievement and there is no evidence that these test scores are predictive of anything,” Coyle claims. But “a focus on test scores narrows the curriculum and...

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Critics Promulgate Misinformation about Misinformation on Common Core  

Writing for the CATO at Liberty blog, Neal McCluskey argues that proponents of the Common Core dismiss opponents “as ignorant, maybe even loony.” A recent Funny or Die video, McCluskey says, is “highly misleading” and put out “misleading and woefully incomplete information.” What McCluskey overlooks is that the video is not mocking parents who care...

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