Tag: parents

Common Core-aligned assessments are developmentally appropriate – opting out does more harm than good

Assessments aligned to Common Core State Standards are not developmentally appropriate, and parents should therefore opt-out, Anthony Cardinale, a third-grade teacher in New York, argues in a letter published by the Westchester Journal News. “Would assessing 8-year-olds using seventh-grade expectations be an accurate reflection of their skills or their coach’s effectiveness? Of course not. But...

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High-Quality Assessments Ensure Students Become College- and Career-Ready

The Bradenton Herald editorial board applauds efforts to have students refuse state tests, claiming opting out is “civil disobedience at its finest” and shows “families are putting some muscle behind their opposition” to testing policies. The editorial quotes Joanne McCall, president of the Florida Education Association, who says, “Florida is cheating our children out of...

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Common Core Standards are Helping to Close the Honesty Gap

In a blog for Heartland Institute, Joy Pullmann claims that “despite Common Core’s promise of providing equal, nationwide benchmarks for student learning in math and reading, a new study finds proficiency levels on Common Core tests vary widely.” Contrary to Pullmann’s claims that Common Core State Standards are “inflating student proficiency,” rigorous and consistent academic...

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Don’t Blame Common Core State Standards for Confusing Math Problems

  A video by the Independent Journal Review shows four adults struggling to make sense of a confusing math problem allegedly aligned to Common Core State Standards. “What I’ve heard about Common Core is that adults can’t do it,” one man says at the outset. Another participant concludes, “I wouldn’t teach [students] with this.” There...

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Breaking Up with My iPhone Calculator, and other Math Thoughts

I’ll admit it. I have found myself struggling to figure out “math” in everyday life – relying on my cell-phone calculator in the kitchen, grocery store line, you name it. And I’m sure I’m not alone. That may be why so many parents have been baffled by the latest viral math problem: Does 5×3 =...

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