COMMON CORE STANDARDS DAILY UPDATE // JULY 18, 2016

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Reverend Rodriguez Responds to GOP Platform | National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Ahead of the Republican National Convention, NHCLC President Reverend Samuel Rodriguez writes that Hispanic Christian voters are “deeply troubled by the notion that Republicans believe states should be congratulated for repealing higher standards… Few if any education reforms in my lifetime have done more to produce parity among school districts and educational equity across zip codes than the voluntary adoption of high-quality, comparable standards.” Latino voters “insist that candidates support education equity and high academic standards that honor the image of God in every child,” Reverend Rodriguez wrote earlier this year. Dr. Antipas Harris echoed that same call: “Unless we are willing to hold all students to rigorous expectations…we will continue to fall short of the collective call to treat all of God’s children with proper support.”

The Educational Sacrifice Made by the Military’s Kids | The Virginian-Pilot
Children of military families make a huge sacrifice by frequently moving between schools, writes Patti Hunzeker of Military Families for High Standards. “Our family moved 16 times and our children were educated in 11 different school districts…Often I found myself tutoring a child because he or she hadn’t been exposed to a curriculum required for that state.” Rigorous, consistent education standards, Hunzeker explains, provide military families assurance their children will be able to transition between schools, and Department of Defense schools recently began implementing college- and career-ready expectations based on the Common Core. “Military families sacrifice a lot for us,” former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer wrote this year. “In return, we need to do everything possible to ensure their kids have an opportunity to succeed.”


 

Correcting the Record:

The Math Wars Wage On | Weekly Standard
Writing about a Thomas B. Fordham Institute study, Alice Lloyd argues “Common Core math is no different” than previous reform efforts of the past 30 years. “Teaching multiple solutions, and letting children choose the one that comes most easily in practice, makes sense,” Lloyd says, “but the more methods on offer, the more rules there are to govern them.” Although Lloyd suggests the findings demonstrate strong frustrations with the Common Core among parents and middle-school teachers, the report underscores the need for greater professional development support for educators. Here is where Lloyd gets it wrong:  http://forstudentsuccess.org/missing-the-message-of-common-core-study-the-need-for-greater-professional-development/


 

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The Republican National Convention and Education: What to Watch For | Education Week
The Republican National Convention kicks off today and will culminate with the official nomination of the party’s candidate on Thursday. K-12 education has played a minimal role in the election cycle so far, the article says, but five speakers give a sense of where the party’s heart is. They include New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, neurosurgeon Ben Carson and vice presidential pick Gov. Mike Pence. Don’t expect Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin or former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee to discuss their previous support of the Common Core, the article adds. The Democratic National Convention will be held July 25-28 in Philadelphia.
Illinois High School PARCC Testing Violated Federal Law, Says Education Department | Chicago Tribune
Not all Illinois high school students were given the same exams in reading and math during the 2015 and 2016 school years, which violated federal testing requirements and thereby jeopardized federal funding. School districts were allowed to choose which set of PARCC exams would be given to high school students, and students were tested based on what courses they were enrolled in, not their grade. In April, the U.S. Department of Education placed Illinois on “high-risk status” for not complying with federal regulations, according to a letter from the agency. Illinois has until August 31 to demonstrate it will “select and administer the same statewide assessment” in math and English language arts. That requirement likely affected the state’s decision to replace PARCC with the SAT for high school students, the article reports.