COMMON CORE STANDARDS DAILY UPDATE // JANUARY 26, 2016

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Common Core Supporters Sue to Prevent Vote
New Boston Post
A group of Common Core supporters filed a lawsuit Friday to prevent a ballot initiative that seeks to repeal Massachusetts’ Common Core Standards. Ten plaintiffs, including a former education commissioner, business leaders, parents and a teacher, argue the ballot measure is not technically valid. Massachusetts voluntarily adopted the Common Core, and to revert back to the state’s old education standards, as the ballot initiative seeks to do, would put students at a disadvantage. Mike Petrilli explains 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.

Palo Alto School District Tests Out New Elementary Math Curriculum
Palo Alto Online
Elementary teachers in the Palo Alto Unified School District began the year testing new curricula aligned with Common Core State Standards, and the school board will discuss the findings at a meeting today. This year teachers are encouraged to sample curricula aligned to the Common Core to deepen their understanding of the standards and share best teaching practices. “Having hands-on experience with two or more curricula will expand our collective district knowledge on the quality of what’s available,” a staff report notes. Last year, 21 State Teachers of the Year wrote, “Under the Common Core, teachers have greater flexibility to design their classroom lessons—and can, for the first time, take advantage of the best practices from great teachers in other states.”


Correcting the Record:

State’s ‘Hybrid’ Test MCAS in Name Only
Lowell Sun
Massachusetts’ decision to adopt a hybrid student assessment that will incorporate elements of both PARCC and MCAS was made only because Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester “threw two carrots…to sweeten the pot,” the editorial board claims. The result is “PARCC, just without the polarizing name,” the piece adds. “[The change] will cost several million dollars. Just think what the collective price will be?” In fact, Massachusetts education officials opted to create a hybrid student assessment that will incorporate elements of both PARCC and MCAS to ensure students are measured to high levels. Here is where the editorial gets it wrong:  http://forstudentsuccess.org/massachusetts-high-quality-student-assessments-parcc-mcas/


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Jindal-Era Lawsuits against Planned Parenthood, Common Core: What Next?
Associated Press
During his failed bid for the Republican presidential nomination, former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal brought lawsuits that sought to stop implementation of the Common Core. A judge ruled there was “no evidence” the state was made to adopt particular education standards, but an appeal is pending. Governor John Bel Edwards has not decided whether to continue that appeal, a spokesperson said. Counsel for the Governor is reviewing the case to determine whether the recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act makes the lawsuit moot, the spokesperson added.