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The Common Core State Standards have lost support, but Kentucky shows
that it can work if implemented as intended. Here are three ways
Kentucky become the Common Core "poster child" and what others can learn
from the state's success.
Kentucky, a Common Core early-adopter, shows improvement in college and
career readiness as evidenced on state tests, according to the state
Department of Education.
This video series, developed through a partnership with the Hunt
Institute, was designed to educate parents on the Common Core State
Standards and empower them to support the transition at school and at
home. The 10th video addresses test scores.
Description: Ed Week
has shed some light on perceptions and expectations educators have
regarding the Common Core and its implementation. The studies show that
it is important for leaders to consider and make use of teacher input.
The article also discusses how to navigate score drops.
Description: As Common Core implementation rolls out, it is important to educate parents on the curriculum. Scholastic has developed a guide to help parents understand what the Common Core means for their children.
Smarter Balanced developed resources to prepare for the field tests
coming up in many states. The field test communications toolkit contains
15 essential resources, including sample notification letters to
parents, sample materials to disperse to the media, and a sample
Description: A commentary piece from Questar III BOCES, a communication services organization in Castleton, N.Y., in response to the low test scores released in New York State last week. It appeared in the August 13, 2013 Times Union, which covers the Albany and Capital Region area. It calls for a thoughtful response.
Description: A web resource from engageNY, a website developed and maintained by the New York State Education Department, to help families understand what the new tests mean, and tools for educators tasked with communicating about the new assessments.
Description: An article explaining the Common Core as it is introduced to Arizona educators. It touches on changes to testing, uncertainty with what to expect, and the hopes they have for improving education in the state, whether Common Core is the answer or not.
Description: In Minnesota, schools are proactive in preparing families for a perceived testing dip, saying that although scores may be lower, it has more to do with different criteria being observed than a lack of quality education. With any new program, it takes a while to get used to it and get the kinks out, so parents and students should not be upset by a lower score, but happy for more rigorous education.
Description: Kentucky was one of the first states to begin implementing the Common Core State Standards. Michael Morella of US News interviewed the state’s Commissioner of Education, Terry Holliday, to find out how the state was reacting to the first round of testing and what others can expect as they begin implementation and testing.
standardized exams under the Common Core State Standards will continue to rely
on multiple-choice questions, leading to concerns that rote memorization and
"teaching to the test" will remain in classrooms. Lia Crawford, the
elementary-math supervisor in a Florida district, challenged that idea during a
summer training session. "If you guys continue to have your students (be)
really deep thinkers and problem-solvers, the test won't be an issue,"
Description: An article co-written by Robert Lenz, cofounder and CEO of Envision Schools and Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former West Virginia governor, for the Huffington Post about how all students can meet the deeper learning bar set by Common Core.
Description: An online professional development resource developed to help educators understand the changes Common Core brings. This page includes sample videos, brochures for parents (in English and Spanish), and an opportunity for more in-depth information.
Description: An op/ed by Bill Keller in the New York Times that explains how Republican Party extremists seem to have a vendetta against the Common Core, believing it to be a dangerous federal scheme to control children's minds.
people in your community are concerned about upcoming test scores
associated with the Common Core and what they mean (or what people will
they mean to serve their own purposes), they should read this article
from Education Weekly about the tests frequently called the “Nation’s
Report Card,” the National Assessment of
Education Progress (NAEP).
Advertisements in NYC Subway Stations about Testing (English) (Spanish)
New York City's education department launched an ad blitz to get the
message out that students are being held to the new higher Common Core
standards, the day before students start taking tougher state tests.
State Education Commissioner John King Jr. said he wouldn't be
surprised if the number of students deemed proficient in math or
English dropped by 35 percentage points.
A Cincinnati newspaper says that although the Common Core is
ultimately a good thing, it will likely take awhile for tests to
reflect the improvement. Educators are concerned because so much is
still unclear about the implementation of the tests, and whether the
resources being created to align with the new standards will truly teach
what students are meant to learn.
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