• Why don't the common-core standards include cursive writing?

    Why don't the common-core standards include cursive writing?

    Oct 17, 2016 10:56 AM EST

    Should schools teach cursive handwriting? The question is a polarizing one in the K-12 education world. One of the most widely cited criticisms of the Common Core State Standards is that they don't require teaching students to write in cursive. Some states, such as Tennessee and California, have ...

  • What Clinton and Trump say about school vouchers, Common Core and free college tuition

    What Clinton and Trump say about school vouchers, Common Core and free college tuition

    Sep 20, 2016 07:13 PM EST

    cularly true this go-around. I think that we should have expected that Donald Trump would bring up the Common Core because it is such a hot-button topic, particularly in the Republican base. It's also important to keep in mind that we have a new federal education law ...

  • Has common core achievement reached its peak?

    Has common core achievement reached its peak?

    Mar 29, 2016 03:07 PM EST

    ... development of the common core, pointed out that all states have raised the expectations for students in recent years—even those that never adopted the common core. In terms of common core versus noncommon-core states, “we’re not really looking at it that way anymore,” he said. And yet ...

  • What the first round of test results say about Common Core progress

    What the first round of test results say about Common Core progress

    Dec 08, 2015 08:06 PM EST

    ... schools, but still requires annual student testing. Tests have long been the subject of heated debate, especially those tied to the new and more ambitious Common Core standards. This fall, results are coming in for the first time, and in many places, they have been disappointing. That includes New Jersey ...

  • Massachusetts drops Common Core test, will develop own student evaluations

    Massachusetts drops Common Core test, will develop own student evaluations

    Nov 22, 2015 05:56 PM EST

    ... Editor’s note: This headline has been updated to clarify that Massachusetts is dropping the Parcc Common Core test. An earlier version stated the state will drop Common Core. ALISON STEWART, PBS ANCHOR: The often contentious debate about national educational standards and testing kids has taken another twist in ...

  • Bill and Melinda Gates on the political debate over Common Core standards

    Bill and Melinda Gates on the political debate over Common Core standards

    Oct 07, 2015 07:48 PM EST

    ... HARI SREENIVASAN: Next week, Gwen will have a report from Seattle that features one of the prominent voices that has been pushing back on the Common Core and encouraging parents to opt out of testing. PBS NewsHour education coverage is part of American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen, a ...

  • Melinda Gates says Common Core pushback propelled by changing too much, too fast

    Melinda Gates says Common Core pushback propelled by changing too much, too fast

    Oct 07, 2015 04:12 PM EST

    ... for pushing changes that lead to too many tests. In this video clip, Melinda Gates talks about the lessons learned from the implementation of the Common Core in tandem with new tests and new teacher evaluations in many states. She said some states rolled out new tests too quickly and ...

  • As school begins, many kids still waiting on Common Core results

    As school begins, many kids still waiting on Common Core results

    Sep 06, 2015 03:45 PM EST

    ... 952,000 associate's degrees, 1.8 million bachelor's degrees, 802,000 master's degrees and 179,000 doctor's degrees in 2015-16. COMMON CORE TESTS This past spring saw the rollout of new tests based on the Common Core standards. The reading and math tests replace traditional ...

  • Initial Common Core scores higher than expected but goals unfulfilled

    Initial Common Core scores higher than expected but goals unfulfilled

    Aug 29, 2015 03:14 PM EST

    ... has voted to withdraw from the consortium for all future exams. "The whole idea of Common Core was to bring students and schools under a common definition of what success is," said Tom Loveless, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. "And Common Core is not going to have that ...

  • Thousands of students opt out of Common Core tests in protest

    Thousands of students opt out of Common Core tests in protest

    Apr 18, 2015 03:55 PM EST

    ... that began when No Child Left Behind started to hold teachers, schools and districts strictly accountable for their students' progress has only grown stronger since "Common Core" gave the criticism a common rallying cry. "There is a widespread sentiment among parents, students, teachers, administrators and local elected officials that enough ...

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