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COMMON CORE STANDARDS DAILY UPDATE // APRIL 20, 2015

News You Can Use:

Huntsville Times, “Retired Army General Calls Common Core Standards Essential for Military Readiness”: Retired Army Lt. Gen. Mark Curran says Common Core State Standards are “a critical force for future military readiness.”

What It Means: CCSS are important for both military readiness and military families. As Lt. Gen. Curran points out, nationwide about a quarter of high school graduates cannot pass the basic military entrance exam.

CORElaborate, “Flight? Fight? Or Shift Gears?”: Despite initial concerns about how her students would fare on new assessments designed to test to the more rigorous content of Common Core and how scores might be used to evaluate her teaching, Emily Wojciechowicz, a high-school English teacher, says: “In the end, our focus on the standards and our focus on creating authentic, quality learning experiences is what will benefits our kids the most in their lives.”

What It Means: Although the rigorous content of the Common Core State Standards present challenges for both students and teachers, educators continue to strongly support implementation of the Standards.

Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal, “Commissioner: Test Identifies Districts Needing Help”: Maine’s Acting Education Commissioner Tom Desjardin defends the state’s assessments as a tool to identify and support under-performing school districts.

What It Means: High-quality assessments are one of the few tools educators have to identify learning needs, both on an individual and district level, so they can address them.

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Correcting the Record:

Politico, “The New Hampshire GOP Summit: 6 Takeaways”: Following a Republican Party summit in New Hampshire this weekend, James Hohmann and Cate Martel write, “the fight for the nomination is unusually fluid.”

Where They Went Wrong: In an effort to court a small but vocal faction of the base, some GOP leaders have fanned concerns that Common Core State Standards represent a federal takeover of local education.

NPR, “Anti-Test ‘Opt-Out’ Movement Makes a Wave in New York State”: Efforts to encourage parents to opt their children out of state assessments are having a big impact in New York, where about 175,000 students refused to participate in state exams.

Where They Went Wrong: The article incorrectly implies that the Common Core-aligned exam that New York students are taking is federally mandated. Federal law mandates that students take exams in math and English Language Arts in grades 3-8 and once in high school – it does not mandate that students take a particular test, a decision left up to state policymakers.