COMMON CORE STANDARDS DAILY UPDATE // FEBRUARY 24, 2016

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New York State to move forward on Common Core revisions | Staten Island Advance
Over the course of the next two years, New York will adopt its own version of the Common Core State Standards with new material beginning to show up on state exams in 2019. According to a timeline released this week, two committees will be convened to make recommendations, one for English language arts and one for math, following which schools will have “another year to incorporate the new standards into the curriculum by training teachers and adapting classroom lessons and materials.” New York’s decision adds to the long list of states that have opted to make adjustments to their Common Core State Standards instead of wholesale repeal. Last fall, Karen Nussle explained, “[Common Core State Standards] are a floor, not a ceiling. And they were absolutely designed to allow states to tweak, amend and generally customize them in order to meet local needs.”

School Committee advocating for Common Core | Milford Daily News
Leading up to a November Massachusetts ballot question that threatens to repeal the Common Core State Standards, the Mendon-Upton Regional School District has been advocating in favor of the standards. District Superintendent Joseph Maruszczak stated that if passed, the district would be forced to “revert back to the old 2004 standards” which would be “a significant step backward” and a waste of the district’s $200,000 to $250,000 investment “just in curriculum materials alone.” A white paper by the Collaborative for Student Success notes that Oklahoma, which repealed its standards, has experienced “disruption, uncertainty and internal turmoil” as a result.

We Must All Be Responsible for Educating African-American Students | Christian Post
Despite improvements in classroom equity, there is still work to be done to ensure that all students are afforded the opportunity to succeed. Dr. Dee Stokes, an author, educator, and pastor, highlights how vital a role the Common Core State Standards play in rejecting the “premise that students cannot succeed in a more challenging academic environment.” Like Dr. Stokes, Dr. Antipas Harris wrote last month, “Unless we are willing to hold all students to rigorous expectations, and to ensure they have the support they need to meet them, we will continue to fall short of the collective call to treat all of God’s children with proper support.”

Passing the test | West Virginia Register-Herald
The West Virginia House Education Committee passed proposed legislation, which could be voted on by the House of Delegates tomorrow, codifying the “state Board of Education’s repeal of Common Core teaching standards,” but leaving “intact the recently adopted College and Career Readiness Standards.” Even as states are modifying the standards to fit their needs, Mike Petrilli explains that states are overwhelmingly sticking with the Common Core because the standards “represent a good-faith effort to incorporate the current evidence of what students need to know and do to succeed” in college and careers.

Editorial: Common Core and Harper Lee | Anniston Star
A 2014 Anniston Star article took a close look at opponents of Common Core and concluded that lies, mistruths, and fabrications marred the conversation “about what the public education program would and would not do in classrooms across the state.” Continued falsehoods that Common Core is a scheme “hatched by President Barack Obama and his liberal henchmen” to “indoctrinate children” begs the question: “Why do Common Core activists persist in protesting a minimum-standards education policy?” As former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson wrote last year, the Common Core “raises expectations for all children, including those who are struggling. By raising the bar for our students, we are ensuring that every child has the opportunities he or she deserves.”


Correcting the Record:

More Common Core Promises Evaporate | Heartland Institute
“Despite Common Core’s promise of providing equal, nationwide benchmarks for student learning in math and reading, a new study finds proficiency levels on Common Core tests vary widely,” writes Joy Pullmann, a Common Core opponent from The Heartland Institute. Pullman goes on to argue that “almost all are below what the National Assessment of Educational Progress considers ‘basic.’” Here’s where she gets it wrong: http://forstudentsuccess.org/common-core-standards-are-helping-to-close-the-honesty-gap/


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Our Opinion: No good way to say ISTEP is bad | South Bend Tribune
State Board of Education members are coming under fire after replacing the Common Core-aligned assessment with Indiana’s new standardized test, ISTEP. The editorial board argues, “Such manipulation ill-serves the public. Worse, in this case, it diverts attention from the urgent matter at hand: ISTEP is a flawed test that fails at measuring the achievement of students and teachers.”

Maryland PARCC Scores Higher on Paper; Students’ Tech Readiness a Major Factor | Education Week
Maryland joins a growing list of states where PARCC assessment results were higher on paper than online in the 2014-2015 year, suggesting that students’ technology readiness was a significant factor. “Those findings echo a pattern of score discrepancies by mode of administration found across the multi-state Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, one of two consortia to develop and administer last year new tests aligned with the common core.”