COMMON CORE STANDARDS DAILY UPDATE // JULY 21, 2016

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Governor Jan Brewer on the Tim Farley Show | The Midday Briefing with Tim Farley
Speaking with POTUS Politics host Tim Farley, former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer explains that states have taken full ownership of the Common Core, creating a greater level of consistency in academic expectations. “As Governor, I implemented college and career ready [standards] because I believe we need a baseline standard to determine how our kids [are doing] compared to those in other states,” Gov. Brewer explains. The Every Student Succeeds Act ensures states have full control over their standards, Gov. Brewer adds, and state leaders continue to refine and improve on the Common Core framework. “Common, voluntary standards are a good, conservative policy,” former Education Secretary Bill Bennett wrote previously.

Survey: Common Core Stress Down | The Journal
An annual survey of teachers and administrators conducted by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt finds educators’ concerns related to the Common Core have largely abated. At the same time, most teachers are “hungry for professional learning” support, with more than 80 percent indicating they have spent their own money on professional development. The findings reinforce the need for increased supports to help teachers adjust instruction to meet the rigor of the Common Core. “The Common Core State Standards’ emphasis on conceptual understanding marked a huge departure from the old ‘mile-wide, inch-deep’ way of teaching…. And those kinds of changes are only effectively achieved through proper support and training,” three Arizona Teachers of the Year wrote recently.


 

Correcting the Record:

Embracing Classical Education in Schools | Southwest Florida News-Press
The Common Core State Standards are a tool of federal control over education, claims Louisa Penta, a local school board candidate in Florida. The standards—which Penta mischaracterizes as a curriculum—take away parents’ voice in their child’s education and the joy of learning. “Spontaneity, open dialog and discussion have been practically removed from the classroom… Teaching to the test is the norm. Rigor and standards have been lowered… The Common Core experiment has been an epic failure, resulting in the dumbing-down of our children at enormous taxpayer expense.” However, while Penta’s claims may serve to stir parents’ concerns, they do completely mischaracterize the Common Core State Standards and the impact they are having. Here is where Penta gets it wrong: http://forstudentsuccess.org/common-core-hasnt-dumbed-down-education-nor-taken-joy-out-of-learning/


 

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What Did Mike Pence Do for Indiana Schools as Governor? Here’s a Look | NPR
As Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence pledged to replace the Common Core State Standards with learning goals “written by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers.” But it didn’t totally turn out that way, the article notes. The resulting standards closely resembled the Common Core, which drew criticism from opponents who say the new standards are a “warmed over” version of the Common Core. Pence has defended the standards, saying they are “unlike those in any other state” and that they “will prepare our students to compete nationally and internationally.”
R.I. education chief defends decision to drop test for 10th graders | Providence Journal
On Friday, Rhode Island Education Commissioner Ken Wagner announced that 10th graders no longer have to take the PARCC assessment. The test, however, will still be given in grades three through nine and high school students will have to take a math test, either algebra 1 or geometry. Tim Duffy, executive director of the Rhode Island Association of School Committees, thinks it’s a step backward; “If you aspire to be Massachusetts, then high school graduation requirements are going to have to have some consequences,” he said. “If there are no consequences for students, teachers or the system, we end up with improved graduation rates but we haven’t measured whether they are living up to the standards.”