The Common Core standards are math and English benchmarks describing what students should know after completing each grade. They were developed by states to allow comparison of students’ performance. More than 40 states have adopted them. Here is a state-by-state look at how governors and educators are dealing with the standards. Continue reading
A Louisiana state judge has ruled against Gov. Bobby Jindal’s efforts to suspend the state’s contract to use Common Core-aligned tests in public schools next spring.
In response to requests by educators and parent-teacher associations, the New York State Department of Education released 50 percent of the Common Core-based English Language Arts and Math test questions for exams taken by students in the third through eighth grades last spring. Continue reading
Louisiana courts could decide whether the state’s schools use the Common Core standards to guide teaching in their classrooms. Continue reading
A growing number of states are dropping the Common Core education standards. And several states committed to keeping the guidelines have postponed implementation. Jeffrey Brown talks to Rick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute and Carmel Martin of the Center for American Progress about the backlash behind the standards, and the debate that lies ahead. Continue reading
D.C. School Chancellor Kaya Henderson, Rhee’s predecessor and former deputy, announced Thursday that her district will take a break next year from tying teacher evaluations to students’ test scores. She said she still believes in using test scores to assess teacher performance, but said the new Common Core-based tests have to be assessed first to ensure they accurately reflect student learning. Continue reading
- As political leaders fight over Common Core, almost half of adults don’t know what they’re arguing about
The Common Core standards for math and English have been roiling state politics across the country this spring, especially in states led by Republicans. But a poll out this week estimates 47 percent of the country’s adults still haven’t heard of the Common Core standards.
Just a few years ago, the push to create a set of K-12 educational standards enjoyed bipartisan support. Governors across the country got behind the Common Core, including Louisiana’s Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, whose state ranks near the bottom for high school achievement. Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s Shauna Sanford reports on a growing battle in that state over the standards. Continue reading
The implementation of Common Core State Standards has caused controversy in Louisiana, with parents and educators lining up to support keeping or repealing the education standards. Some parents have such strong objections they’ve withdrawn their children from public school in favor of homeschooling. Continue reading