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64th Legislative Assembly: Week 4 Highlights- DUI Checkpoints, Taxes, Guns in Schools, Common Core Testing, Voter ID, Governor’s Mansion, and Annual Sessions

Monday starts week 4 of the 64th Legislative Assembly, and by this Friday close to 24% of the Constitutionally-authorized 80 days will have passed. More importantly, they are roughly at the halfway mark before crossover. The House has introduced 474 bills and 18 resolutions. They have passed 69 and five (respectively), failed 11 and one,...

AM News: Thirty States Plus DC To Give Common Core Assessment This Spring

What happens when the Common Core becomes less... common? Washington Post: Now only 12 states plus the District plan to give the PARCC exam to students, according to the Council of State School Officers, an organization of state education chiefs. Show More Summary

VIDEO: Crowd Roars in Support of Teacher Who Publicly Quits Over Common Core

English Jennifer Rickert has been a teacher in New York for 22 years, and has mentored hundreds of students. But now she says she’d rather be reassigned than be forced

Interview: Mike Huckabee on Common Core and Running for President (Part 3)

Common Core is a "good idea gone bad," Mike Huckabee wrote in his new book, _God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy. He explained what he meant by that in a Monday interview with the Christian Post, and talked about his plans for a presidential run in 2016 and why he wrote the book.

Mom: I thought I did everything right, but my 6-year-old is already ‘behind’ in reading

A recent post on a new report calling into question the practice of forcing young children to read to meet Common Core standards generated hundreds of responses from educators and parents. The report, written by three experts in early childhood education, said that requiring some youngsters to read before they are ready could be harmful. […]

Rand Paul Fails Spelling Test in Common Core Attack

First rule of calling someone out on Twitter: Make sure the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed — particularly if you are debating educational policy.

Indiana GOP state senator admits ‘critical thinking’ bill sneaks creationism into public schools

3 days agoNews : The Raw Story

A Republican Indiana state senator is taking advantage of his governor’s decision to withdraw from the Common Core to file a bill that would allow individual teachers to discuss “competing theories” in the classroom without worrying about blowback from the state or school...

Teacher on Common Core testing: ‘I am a broken woman’

Jennifer Rickert is a sixth-grade teacher who has worked for 22 years in the Ichabod Crane Central School District in New York State. She just gave a powerful, detailed speech to her Board of Education about her objections to the state’s English Language Arts Common Core test and her decision not to administer it this […]

Teacher on Common Core testing: ‘I am a broken woman’

Jennifer Rickert is a sixth-grade teacher who has worked for 22 years in the Ichabod Crane Central School District in New York State. She just gave a powerful, detailed speech to her Board of Education about her objections to the state’s English Language Arts Common Core test and her decision not to administer it this […]

What the new Common Core tests are — and aren’t

At a Senate education committee hearing this week on how the No Child Left Behind law should be rewritten, the subject quickly turned to standardized testing and whether the federal government should maintain NCLB’s annual testing mandate. Witnesses and legislators talked about the amount of time students are tested, the stakes tied to the scores […]

Teacher refuses to give Common Core test to kids — with her superintendent’s support

This may be a first: A Long Island teacher has decided to refuse to administer the state’s mandated Common Core-aligned test to students — and the superintendent of the district in which she works supports her. The Long Island Press reported that Beth Dimino, an eighth-grade science teacher in the Comsewogue School District who is […]

Not just "noise"

Letter to the Editor, Published in Reading Today (IRA), Jan/Feb, 2015 In response to the NovDec cover story, "Beyond the noise." Concerns about the Common Core are not just "noise." It is a bad solution for a nonexistent problem. Our problem is not a lack of standards, but our unacceptably high rate of poverty. Show More Summary

Mississippi Could Be Next to Drop Out of Common Core

“What we don’t need is a one-size-fits-all program with federal government strings attached," says governor.

A common pitfall of Domain-Driven Design

The philosophy of domain-driven design - placing the primary focus on the core domain - is a very natural and powerful concept for application design. Despite the core idea being simple, the learning curve is apparently steep. DDD is very often implemented wrongly, an unideal architectural decision

Will Common Core Proponents Apologize If It Doesn’t Work

To the chagrin of many of you readers, I have a hard time getting worked up about Common Core. It’s not that I like the policy. It’s just that it’s the latest education policy fad. A lot of talking points and meaningless, feel-good reform that will ultimately have very little impact on academic outcomes in...

Chicago school district refuses to give PARCC Common Core test as mandated by the state of Illinois

The Chicago Public Schools, the third largest system in the country, has decided to buck a mandate to give all its students a new Common Core test known as PARCC this school year, a decision that could have implications across the country for Core testing. The Chicago Tribune reported that school district chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett, […]

Mississippi withdrawing from Common Core PARCC consortium

The Mississippi Board of Education announced Friday that it was withdrawing from one of the two federally funded consortia tasked with creating new standardized tests aligned with the Common Core. It has hired Pearson to create new exams for this school on an emergency basis. The state is pulling out of the Partnership for the Assessment […]

What Common Core wants kindergartners to do: Read, write, do geometry

Those are some of the Common Core State Standards for kindergartners. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.4 Read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.5 With guidance and support from adults, respond to questions and suggestions from peers and add details to strengthen writing as needed. Show More Summary

Morning Video: Watch Reading Rainbow's Martin Luther King Video

Here's a LeVar Burton / Reading Rainbow video about MLK via Huffington Post. Or, watch this Today Show segment about some Florida parents & schools blaming Common Core for cancelled recess time.

Report Slams Common Core for Not Understanding How Kindergartners Learn

Common Core harms children and will not alleviate poverty because it fails to understand how children learn, a Tuesday report jointly issued by Alliance for Childhood and Defending the Early Years claims.

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