New York’s Reading Standards Rewrite Should Alarm Parents
Students who learn to work with complex texts during their K–12 years can handle the demands of college reading. Those who haven’t cannot.
Nine Times Diane Ravitch Was Wrong About Common Core in the New York Times
This weekend, education historian and Common Core-opponent Diane Ravitch railed against the standards and assessments in a New York Times op-ed.
Can High Standards and Accountability Co-Exist? Lessons From the Common Core Assessment Consortia
It’s easy for policymakers and the public to embrace high standards in principle. But when policymakers seek to hold students, teachers, and schools accountable for those standards by using the results from aligned assessments, support is far more likely to falter.
What Teachers Think of Common Core Math
Most teachers are partial to the Common Core math standards, but they don’t think all of their students and their parents are.
In the News: The Exit Exam Paradox
In an article for The 74, Matt Barnum looks at what states are doing about their exit exams now that they are using Common Core-aligned tests,
Gates’ Common-Core Mea Culpa and the School Reform Divide
Given that the problems with Common Core were predictable, why did they catch so many advocates off-guard?
In the News: If MCAS Is So Good, Why Are We Ditching It?
The MCAS was long considered one of the best tests in the nation. But last fall, the Massachusetts Board of Education decided to create a new test that would combine elements of the MCAS with elements of PARCC.
Common Core’s Major Political Challenges for the Remainder of 2016
Common Core is now several years into implementation. Supporters have had a difficult time persuading skeptics that any positive results have occurred. The best evidence has been mixed on that question.
Can Higher Standards Survive?
Does the political will exist to maintain higher standards? And does the capacity exist in K–12 education to raise significant numbers of American children to meet these standards?
Behind the Headline: The Education Issue We Should Debate This Election Year: School Choice
In the Wall Street Journal, Jason Riley laments the fact that the only education issue getting any air time at all in the debates among presidential candidates has been the Common Core.