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War on the Common Core Continues

War on the Common Core Continues

By Jason Burns If a group of Michigan legislators have their way, Michigan’s adoption of common standards will end. Senate Bill 826, which was referred to the Michigan Senate by the Senate Education Committee on April 26, and House Bill 5444 would both repeal the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as well as all Common… Read More »

The Rise and Fall of Common Assessments

The Rise and Fall of Common Assessments

By David Casalaspi   In 1984, President Reagan’s Secretary of Education, Terrel Bell, introduced a new innovation at the Department of Education (ED). It was called the “wall chart”, and it ranked all 50 states’ educational systems on the basis of their average SAT scores. It was an admittedly crude measure of educational effectiveness. After… Read More »

This Year’s Most Important Education Election

This Year’s Most Important Education Election

By Jason Burns As election season moves into full swing, education is attracting more attention (see here, here, and here). Topics include the fate of the Common Core State Standards, student testing, and what role the federal government should play in education policy generally (see here). Though education has become a more popular topic in… Read More »

States Dodge Common Core Test Results

States Dodge Common Core Test Results

By Jason Burns A criticism of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was that it encouraged a “race to the bottom.” Though it set a lofty goal of 100% proficiency by 2013, it allowed states to design their own assessments and set their own standards for determining proficiency. As a result, states had an… Read More »

Colleges to Recognize Common Core Test in Course Placement

Colleges to Recognize Common Core Test in Course Placement

By Jason Burns On April 15, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), one of the two common core testing consortia, announced an agreement with almost 200 colleges and universities in 6 states to use its classification of college preparedness to exempt students from remedial coursework. Included in the agreement are all public institutions of higher… Read More »

Raising the Bar for Early Literacy: Does the Common Core go too far?

By Sarah Galey Recent federal and state policy efforts have highlighted the importance of early education programs for future academic success. President Obama has made this a priority, pledging to increase investment in early childhood by $80 billion dollars over the next 10 years. Meanwhile, many states are investing in pre-Kindergarten programs, like Head Start,… Read More »

1-to-1 Device Plans Likely to be “Oversold and Underused”

1-to-1 Device Plans Likely to be “Oversold and Underused”

By Jason Burns With the rollout of Common Core-aligned tests that are designed to be taken electronically, many schools and districts are considering 1-to-1 programs in which each child receives a device, such as a tablet or laptop, that can be used for assessments as well as during regular classes throughout the year. Though advocates… Read More »