COMMON CORE STANDARDS DAILY UPDATE // MARCH 15, 2016

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Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and the Common Core Confusion | Collaborative for Student Success
“It’s bewildering that many of [presidential] candidates continue to insist wrongly that Common Core can be replaced at the local level by executive fiat from Washington” even when addressed by the facts, writes Karen Nussle in a new memo. “Common Core may be a convenient punching bag for politicians, but the rhetorical jabs aren’t having an impact at the state level.” Additionally, the Every Student Succeeds Act “prohibits Washington from coercing, incentivizing or otherwise encouraging states to adopt specific standards, curriculum, and assessments.” Earlier this year Nussle explained, “Common Core is a non-issue in the Race for President” because many candidates have demonstrated “inconsistencies, misunderstandings, and shifting positions” on Common Core Standards.

Crippling Education | Wichita Eagle
Members of the Kansas Legislature who want to remove “all traces of the Common Core” risk “crippling Kansas education,” writes Clarence Gilbert, a Rose Hill resident. “Common Core is critical to the future success of public school graduates.” The letter adds that “a student population deprived of equal educational opportunity” would hold back the state from drawing business and business leaders. This month, the Wichita Public School Board approved a resolution opposing legislation that would repeal Kansas’ Common Core Standards. “To throw out [the Common Core]…and to start over again, we have nothing to teach,” said one member.


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Will Common Core Undermine an Elite College-Prep Program’s Goal of Diversity?  | Hechinger Report
Assessments aligned to Common Core State Standards, which “still rely heavily on multiple-choice-type questions,” could hurt students in International Baccalaureate (IB) classes because those students “traditionally underperformed on standardized tests,” the article suggests. “Some IB educators said that on close inspection [assessments aligned to the Common Core] are just glorified multiple-choice tests… The fear is that the students most in need of support will fail and get stuck in an endless loop or remediation.” Contrary to the article’s argument, evidence indicates assessments aligned to the Common Core reflect what is taught in classrooms and the skills students need to become ready for college and careers. Here is where the article gets it wrong: http://forstudentsuccess.org/common-core-assessments-are-the-opposite-of-glorified-multiple-choice-tests/

Opt Out of Inappropriate Tests | Westchester Journal News
“Would assessing 8-year-olds using seventh-grade expectations be an accurate reflection of their skills or their coach’s effectiveness? Of course not,” argues Anthony Cardinale, a third-grade teacher in New York. “But this is what our children face with the Common Core exams…These exams cost taxpayers millions of dollars and have forced school districts to make poor curriculum decisions.” Contrary to Cardinale’s claim, assessments aligned to Common Core State Standards measure the knowledge and skills students need to become college and career ready. Here is where Cardinale gets it wrong: http://forstudentsuccess.org/common-core-aligned-assessments-are-developmentally-appropriate-opting-out-does-more-harm-than-good/


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What GOP Candidates Got Wrong – and Right – about Common Core | Washington Post
During the latest GOP presidential debate viewers got “three different versions of Common Core” from three different Republicans. So who’s right? Sen. Ted Cruz “goes too far in saying that the Obama administration abused executive power,” the fact-check notes, and gives Cruz a “Two Pinocchios” rating. “Trump continues to say the federal government has ‘taken over’ Common Core, although he knows it has not. It remains a state-led initiative.” He gets “Three Pinocchios.” Only Ohio Gov. John Kasich gets the “Geppetto Checkmark” for his characterization: that state and local officials control what is taught in classrooms under the Common Core.

John King Confirmed as Education Secretary | US News & World Report
The U.S. Senate approved John King Jr.’s nomination as Secretary of Education on Monday by a vote of 49-40. “We need an Education Secretary confirmed by and accountable to the United States Senate so that the law to fix No Child Left Behind will be implemented the way Congress wrote it,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate education committee. Sen. Alexander added, “It doesn’t really make a difference what Dr. King thinks of Common Core. Under the law, he doesn’t have anything to do with it, whether a state chooses to adopt it or not to adopt it.”