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COMMON CORE STANDARDS DAILY UPDATE // JUNE 28, 2016
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Department Releases Preliminary 2015-2016 State Level AzMERIT Results | Arizona Department of Education
Arizona’s student proficiency rates in math and reading improved modestly at most grade levels, according to results of the latest AzMERIT assessment, which the state released Monday. The biggest gains were in fifth-grade English language arts, where proficiency rates increased by 13 percentage points.
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Las Vegas Review Journal, “Common Core: Totally Unprepared, Full Speed Ahead”: Glenn Cook, senior editorial writer for the paper, acknowledges that Common Core State Standards are “not a federal curriculum” and “subject to state and local control,” but says schools are “clearly not prepared” to implement the standards.
Where They Went Wrong: Cook’s analysis ignores educators’ ongoing work to develop material and curricula aligned to Common Core State Standards. A study last fall found that in roughly two-thirds of districts in Common Core states, teachers have developed or are developing their own curricular materials in math and English Language Arts.
The Saratogian, “Region’s Catholic Schools Step Back from Common Core”: At an October 2 news conference, officials from the diocesan Catholic Schools Office in Albany, NY, announced Catholic schools in the region will “step back” from using assessments aligned to Common Core State Standards.
Where They Went Wrong: The article suggests that New York’s Catholic schools have stepped back from the Common Core, but in fact school officials reiterated the strength of the standards. In reality, the schools have decided to utilize the current state exams as a form of grade span testing and move toward the Iowa Test of Basic Skills for all students on a yearly basis.