COMMON CORE STANDARDS DAILY UPDATE // DECEMBER 15, 2015

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What Topics are Discussed Most at the 2016 Debates?
Washington Examiner
During the 2016 presidential debates, Common Core State Standards have been mentioned by name just nine times. That marks a big departure from critics’ claims that support for the standards would be a “litmus test” for true conservatives and reflects the broad support for rigorous, consistent education standards among parents, teachers and the public.

Reflections on Interview with David Coleman, College Board President and Common Core Architect
Catholic Education Daily
Following an interview with David Coleman, Dan Guernsey writes that Catholic schools are “already at the place where Common Core hopes public schools will be” with regards to high standards. “Catholic schools have a unique mission…Therefore our standards and our emphasis must be broader.” Guernsey articulates that rigorous, consistent education standards are at the heart of Catholic schools’ mission, and that Common Core State Standards serve as a floor to ensure all students are held to college- and career-ready expectations.
In This High School, Reading and Writing Happens in Every Class, Even Math and Chemistry
Washington Post
At Northwestern High School in Maryland, teachers are integrating reading and writing into most subjects. “The idea is that in order to be ready for college, students need more explicit instruction about how to read, think and write analytically,” the article reports. “Literacy is the key to everything else in school, and that’s why our strategic plan is centered around it,” says Kevin Maxwell, who oversees the schools in Prince George’s County.


Correcting the Record:

What’s Wrong with Presidential Candidates Pledging to “Repeal” Common Core?
Collaborative for Student Success
Sen. Cruz has pledged to repeal “every word” of Common Core and criticized the standards as federal intrusion into local education. This weekend, Donald Trump also made similar comments, pledging to immediately get rid of the standards when he becomes president, calling them a “disaster.” Here’s where they both get it wrong: http://bit.ly/1mlQ17J


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How Much Math Do College-Bound Students Really Need?
Deseret News
The issue of what levels of math should be required of students to ensure college- and career-readiness has been a divisive issue, especially as states and districts structure programs to meet Common Core State Standards. Ouida Newton, former Arkansas Teacher of the Year, says expectations should be set high for students. “If you set the bar high, they’ll reach it.”

District 219 Interim Superintendent Weighs in on PARCC Scores
Chicago Tribune
Results from the first administration of PARCC assessments are difficult to interpret, making them hard for teachers to use, says Anne Roloff, interim superintendent for Niles Township School District. “Because these results are difficult to interpret, it’s hard to say [where school districts should focus] because they’re not recognized universally by colleges like the ACT, for example,” Roloff says. “We’re not certain how reflective it is of true student performance.”