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Flip Flopping the Core: Live by the Sword...

So CPAC happened, at which various GOP future candidates try to see if they can win a little conservative love. And that means that Common Core had to be trotted out for ceremonial abuse, like a disgraced former party officer in Communist...Show More Summary

Common Core Supporters Run Ads in Iowa

In an effort to counter a conservative backlash against the national academic standards, a pro-Common Core non-profit group is running the first ads supporting the standards in Iowa, which hosts the lead-off presidential nominating contest.

"As it turns out, the Common Core standards used by a majority of K-12 programs in the country require that students be able to 'distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.'"

"And the Common Core institute provides a helpful page full of links to definitions, lesson plans and quizzes to ensure that students can tell the difference between facts and opinions."See the problem? Well, this NYT op-ed writer does,...Show More Summary

A principal makes a case for the Common Core

This is the second in a continuing series of letters between two award-winning school principals, one who likes the Common Core State Standards and the other who doesn’t. The debate over the Common Core State Standards has become so polarized that it is hard to get people who disagree to have reasonable conversations about it. […]

Maps: Why Won't Anyone Make A Map Of Common Core Test Start Dates?

I still haven't found a map giving start dates for states' Common Core testing windows but in the meantime check out this NCSL map showing where states are on Common Core implementation. The state-by-state assessment consortia map from NCSL is here. Show More Summary

Machiavelli in the Classroom

Politics and education seem inseparable these days. The Governor of Arizona is battling the State Superintendent -- one vows to repeal the Common Core; the other is determined to defend it. In Indiana, a political battle rages between Governor and Superintendent over the length of a standardized test. Show More Summary

2:00PM Water Cooler 3/3/15

Today's Water Cooler: Hillary Clinton email mess, wireless phones, Emmanueldämmerung, agnotology in Common Core, Miles Davis timeline

Morning Video: What's Next For PARCC Testing In Chicago

Watch here for more about Chicago's sudden reversal on the Common Core testing question, or click here for a CBS News segment on parents opting out.

Students Walk Out on Common Core in New Mexico

The way to end the testing madness? Don't participate! Refuse the test! Out the door with Common Core.From New Mexico:Hundreds of students protesting a Common Core-oriented standardized test walked out of high schools across New Mexico...Show More Summary

How Disruptive Are Testing Window Days, Really?

As you probably already know, CPS has decided that everyone's going to take the Common Core assessment starting next week -- using pencil and paper, according to CNET.  Meanwhile, testing delays have thrown things off in South Florida and a few other places. Show More Summary

AM News: Tuesday Common Core Testing Canceled In Dade & Broward (Anywhere Else?)

New Assessment Tests Canceled In Dade & Broward For Tuesday CBS Miami: While some schools were not able to log into the online system, others that were able to access the system found that it worked so slowly that it was very difficult to proceed. Show More Summary

Why every state has an opt-out movement

Sent to the NY Times, March 2, 2015 "As common core testing is ushered in, parents and students opt out" (March 1) notes that "every state has a 'opt-out' movement.” This phenomenon is unprecedented in American education. The opposition to the common core tests is not simply because they are harder. Show More Summary

The Ex-Im Cash-In

Jeb Bush has been adamant that he will not switch his positions on two issues, immigration and Common Core standards, that will generate conservative opposition in the Republican primaries. But he just made a major concession to conservatives on another issue of great importance to many of them—he came out against the U.S. Show More Summary

Common Core testing trouble: Computer problems, student protests and more

In New Mexico, hundreds of students protested the PARCC Common Core exam by walking out of school. In New Jersey and other states, thousands of students refused to take the tests. In Chicago, schools officials who earlier said they would not give PARCC to all students bowed to state pressure and said they would — […]

Common Core testing trouble: Computer problems, student protests and more

In New Mexico, hundreds of students protested the PARCC Common Core exam by walking out of school. In New Jersey and other states, thousands of students refused to take the tests. In Chicago, schools officials who earlier said they would not give PARCC to all students bowed to state pressure and said they would — […]

Student Leaders Explain Why Hundreds of New Mexico Students Walked Out on Common Core Testing

High school students across New Mexico walked out en masse this morning to protest the start of PARCC testing, which began Monday morning. Students in more than a dozen high schools across the state used social media to coordinate walkouts...Show More Summary

Common Core: Chicago Will Administer New Tests Next Week After All

CPS Letter to ISBE Feb242015 In a complete but not entirely unexpected reversal, CPS announced that it would require all schools to administer the new Common Core assessment next week, as required by the state and the USDE as a condition of funding. Show More Summary

CPS Reverses Course On Common Core Testing - Gives Chuy Major Issue Against City Hall

In a complete but not entirely unexpected reversal, CPS announced that it would require all schools to administer the new Common Core assessment next week, as required by the state and the USDE as a condition of funding. Sun Times here passes...Show More Summary

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