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January 26, 2018
Colorado students would have to do science to learn it under new standards
A standards review committee has recommended Colorado adopt a modified version of Next Generation Science Standards. That could mean a big change in the classroom.
Meet the new standards
September 11, 2017
‘Common Core’ no more: New York moves to adopt revised standards with new name
The state Board of Regents voted in committee Monday to replace the Common Core standards with the "Next Generation Learning Standards."
June 26, 2017
Common Core is out. Tennessee Academic Standards are in. Here’s how teachers are prepping for the change.
About 6,000 teachers get a two-day crash course on changes in math and English language arts standards that will reach Tennessee classrooms this fall.
June 9, 2017
Colorado is re-examining its academic standards. Will it avoid the political turmoil seen in other states?
Colorado’s standards update, which is required by state law, opens up the possibility of another round of public debate on the value of the academic standards.
Seeking a balance
April 6, 2017
Educators behind Tennessee’s proposed social studies standards say they’ll cover important history and ‘dig deep’
By reducing the number of social studies standards by 14 percent overall, educators charged with revising them hope to give teachers more time to go deep.
Making the SCORE
February 7, 2017
Seeking to balance reform with stability, SCORE unveils priorities in annual State of Education report
The influential education research and advocacy organization unveils its top three priorities aimed at sustaining Tennessee's academic gains.
Doing the math
October 19, 2016
Trying to sort out Tennessee’s new math standards? These educators are doing it for you.
The new Mid-Cumberland Math Consortium uses the collective brain power of Middle Tennessee educators to work through common challenges to math instruction.
September 15, 2016
Wanted: Feedback on Tennessee’s new social studies standards
The State Board of Education announces the launch of an online review site open through Oct. 28.
September 12, 2016
What Tennessee’s decision to pull out of a social-emotional learning collaborative means
Tennessee will not get to collaborate with other states — and vice versa — as they draft guidelines around social-emotional learning.
September 7, 2016
Tennessee scraps social and emotional standards collaboration following pushback
Only a month after joining, Tennessee pulls out of a multi-state initiative meant to help teachers support students’ emotional well-being.
Teaching with technology
July 12, 2016
Will this digital library be an equity game-changer for Tennessee schools?
Launched by the Tennessee School Boards Association, a new library offers free digital resources for 14 high school courses.
on the record
July 5, 2016
Pearson CEO: Company has a ‘wider responsibility’ to help end educational inequities
The Pearson CEO also talks data privacy, political influence and the role of technology in classroom.
June 1, 2016
With no mention of proselytizing, social studies teachers drill down on Tennessee standards
Social studies teachers from across the state kick off a review of the subject's academic standards, with revisions to reach Tennessee classrooms in 2019.
Common Core confusion
April 5, 2016
Who controls standards? Who controls curriculum? Tennessee lawmakers seek clarity
A bill specifying that the state sets standards, while local districts control curriculum, is advancing through the legislature.
visions and revisions
February 22, 2016
State’s timeline would have New York-specific standards replace Common Core in 2017
The timeline indicates that the state will move deliberately as it adjusts the standards, which wouldn't affect state tests until spring 2019.
February 2, 2016
Lawmakers send bill that would kill ISTEP to the Indiana Senate
The measure, which passed 86-11, would set a deadline to end the test in 2017.
State of Education in Tennessee
January 27, 2016
SCORE report: Steady on TNReady, thumbs up to revised standards, target the achievement gap
An influential education research and advocacy group lists top priorities to improve the state of K-12 education in Tennessee.
December 14, 2015
Common Core survey responses put focus on standards for youngest grades
Seventy-one percent of responses were positive in an online survey completed by more than 10,500 people.
December 10, 2015
Gov. Cuomo’s Common Core task force calls for evaluation freeze, test changes
The governor’s task force suggested overhauling the Common Core standards and pausing test-based teacher evaluations for three years.
November 5, 2015
Haslam says the future of Common Core now rests with educators, not elected officials
At the second meeting of his Teachers Cabinet, Gov. Bill Haslam acknowledges that the fuss over reviewing the Common Core academic standards was political in its origins.
July 17, 2015
Test yourself: Do you know the basics of Indiana education?
It's a good time to brush up on your Indiana education knowledge. Try your hand at our quiz that includes questions on our four newest "basics" posts out this week.
June 3, 2015
With a five-day sprint, state panel begins reviewing thousands of Common Core public comments
After more than a year of debate and a six-month public review of Tennessee's academic standards, a 42-member committee of educators from across the state sets to work.
May 14, 2015
Most Common Core standards are keepers, according to Tennessee’s public review
Tennessee's six-month-long public review of the Common Core State Standards garners more than 131,000 reviews — most favoring K-12 standards currently in place.
May 14, 2015
A year after Common Core, the next battle could be Indiana's new science standards
The Indiana Department of Education is set to update the state’s science standards, but some are worried it'll rely too heavily on standards deemed too easy and unclear.
February 20, 2015
Explaining the ISTEP debate: 6 reasons why the test ballooned
The Indiana legislature is moving fast to cut at least three hours from the state ISTEP after two weeks of sharp words over its length. What caused the blow up?
August 27, 2014
Because of 100 percent passing rate, Tennessee creates new social studies test
After more than a decade of neglect, the state has revamped social studies standards and the assessments to go with them. This year, students will take field tests based on the standards that won’t impact their grades. Social studies will not be included on the 2014-2015 report card. The next year, the assessment on the new test will count for students and schools, and the marks probably won’t be as high, reflecting the distribution for other subjects more closely.
August 19, 2014
With day one fast approaching, de Blasio and Fariña rally pre-K teachers
“On September 4, the ball gets passed to you, all over this city, to be the people to bring to life this noble idea,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told hundreds of pre-K teachers on Tuesday.
July 31, 2014
Tennessee dusts off cursive writing, creates new standards for it
Kids today might text more than they hold a pen, but the state’s department of education is moving toward standards that would reinvigorate the teaching…
April 30, 2013
Weingarten calling for moratorium on Common Core stakes
After dropping hints in interviews and public appearances for weeks, AFT President Randi Weingarten is formally weighing in on the backlash to the Common Core standards today by calling for a moratorium on consequences attached to Common Core test scores. Weingarten is making the proposal right now in a speech to business and civic leaders at the Association for a Better New York, a pit stop for public figures with new ideas to float. Among the high-profile audience members is state Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, who helped steer New York's adoption of the tougher standards and has defended the state's decision to test students on the standards before teachers had curriculum materials aligned to them. Weingarten is expressly saying that she is not opposed to testing students on the new standards, which emphasize critical thinking and problem solving skills. She just doesn't want states or districts to judge schools, teachers, or students according to the test scores. "When states and districts get the alignment right — moving from standards to curriculum to classrooms to feedback and improvement — student success will follow," Weingarten is saying, according to her prepared comments. "But until then, a moratorium on stakes is the only sensible course." The full text of the speech is below, and we'll have more complete coverage, including reactions from Tisch and others, later today.
April 15, 2013
King and Walcott take their Common Core message to church
State Education Commissioner John King took the stage at Greater Allen AME Cathedral in Queens on Sunday to tell parishioners about the new Common Core standards, on the eve of the first state tests tied to them. Speaking to the congregation at Greater Allen AME Cathedral's morning worship in Queens on Sunday, the state's top education official summoned Martin Luther King, Jr. to respond to detractors who say he's moving too fast on the Common Core standards. "When it comes to the education of our children, we do not have as much time as the patient and the cautious would give us," State Education Commissioner John King said. He was adapting a line from a draft of the speech that Martin Luther King delivered on the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. John King made the appearance alongside New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, who ducked out shortly after speaking to make it to the Sunday service at his own church, as part of a sweeping public relations push in the days before the first state tests tied to the new standards.
October 16, 2012
City officials to ed commission: standards rollout needs funds
Chancellor Dennis Walcott and UFT president Michael Mulgrew talk at the education commission. The city and other school districts desperately need additional funding if they are to raise academic standards, Department of Education Deputy Chancellor Shael Polakow-Suransky said today. Even though the city has done more to integrate new learning standards known as the Common Core than other districts and states, it cannot adequately train staff or buy the materials it needs with the resources it currently has, he said. "We are bound to fall short if we raise the standards without investing in the support that educators need to meet this challenge," he told the commission, according to his written statement. The call for additional funding was one of three priorities that Polakow-Suransky outlined before Gov. Andrew Cuomo's education reform commission today. The funding, he said, would be necessary to to purchase new books, software and other learning tools aligned to the Core, and help schools hire coaches to train teachers in the implementation of the Core. He also said the city needed more funds to develop a key piece of the new teacher evaluation system, rigorous assessments developed by the city for each grade level and subject area that would factor into teachers' evaluations on top of many other criteria. "As these assessments become more authentic there are real costs that come along with them," Polakow-Suransky said. "None of this is funded." Polakow-Suransky was offering a solution to a problem that United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew told the commission had already arrived. Mulgrew said the Common Core rollout has already been hindered by the lack of robust materials aligned to the new standards that teachers can use in classrooms now.
September 7, 2011
City's Common Core rollout ramps up today with teacher training
When it comes to new "common core" standards, theoretical language is giving way to hands-on practice. The curriculum standards, accepted by 48 states, are being rolled out citywide this year after being piloted in 100 schools last year. Today, every teacher in the city is expected to get training on them. Chancellor Dennis Walcott sat in on a training session this morning at Brooklyn's PS 124, which took part in the pilot last year. But at many schools, today is likely to be the first time that teachers learn just how the common core standards are poised to change their jobs. Some principals put together their own plans for today, but they can also draw on four 90-minute lessons the city devised. One session asks teachers to evaluate student work from their own school to see if it meets the new standards. In another, they will practice assessing teachers according to a new evaluation rubric. A third lesson focuses on connecting two overarching citywide goals: strengthening student work and teacher practice. And a fourth lesson asks teachers to examine student work from a school that adopted the new standards last year. The lessons are part of the Department of Education's online "Common Core Library" of resources. In a letter to principals last week announcing the lesson plans, Walcott laid out a timeline for schools' common core-related accomplishments. This fall, he wrote, teams of teachers at each school should identify students' shortcomings. In the winter, teachers should ask all students to complete two common core-aligned "tasks," one in reading and one in math. Through it all, principals should be giving teachers frequent feedback based on classroom observations, Walcott wrote. Walcott's letter to principals is below:
August 8, 2011
City's test gains outpace state's, but performance remains low
From the state's test score presentation, a slide that shows gains in New York City that exceeds that of other cities. A first look at state test score data confirms good news for New York City: The city's test scores gains exceeded those across the state. According to data released today, 43.9 percent of city students in grades 3-8 met the proficiency standard in reading and 57.3 percent hit the math proficiency standard. That's compared to 42.4 percent and 54 percent in 2010, the first year after state officials raised the bar to reach that rating. Statewide, reading scores dropped by a tiny amount — 0.4 percentage points — to 52.8 percent proficient, and math scores rose by 2.3 points, to 63.3 percent proficient. State officials sounded a somber tone in their press release announcing the scores. "While the majority of students statewide met or exceeded the state’s proficiency standards in both math and ELA, overall performance remains low and the gaps in achievement persist," the press release said. Mayor Bloomberg is likely to point to city students' relative performance during his press conference later today. But the big story this year is not the scores but the tests themselves.
March 10, 2011
New PTA parent guide explains Common Core Standards
The National Parent Teacher Association recently released guides for parents explaining the Common Core State Standards. The guides are available in English and Spanish online.
August 12, 2010
What is standards-based grading?
Standards-based grading accurately reports what students know and are able to do in relation to the Colorado education content standards.
October 13, 2009
Debunking Standards Issue #3: Fear of Failure Rates
This and next week I am raising objections to the idea that new standards -- particularly new national standards -- are worth the attention they get. It is ridiculous to think that they can be a meaningful lever of broad educational improvement. In fact, I do not think that they can have any significant impact at all. Problem #3: Fear of Failure Rates I am not a fan of most of what appears on The Quick and the Ed, but last month Chad Adelman made a great point about setting high standards. He explained that when they are taken seriously and the inevitable high failure rates occur, people find or create loopholes or backdoors. Frankly, people do not have the stomach for high failure rates. It is easy to say that we want to raise standards; that is the good news. But it is hard to endorse high failure rates; that is public bad news.
October 12, 2009
Debunking Standards Issue #2: An Unrealistic Bar
Since last week, I have been raising objections to the idea that new standards — particularly new national standards — are worth the attention they…
October 8, 2009
Standards: Demystifying, Debunking and Discrediting
We are decades into the Education Standards Movement. Standards have been all the rage for quite some time, and they are getting all kinds of attention today. Right now, there is all kinds of work on national standards going on. But I say "Feh!" Standards do not matter -- particularly national standards -- even if we dearly want them to. Over the next week, I will explain the major problems I see with standards efforts, particularly high profile national standards.Come back through the week and share what you think of each reason. In the meanwhile, do you think that there's a strong case to be made for strong state or national standards?
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