COMMON CORE STANDARDS DAILY UPDATE // MARCH 21, 2016

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New Report Finds Proposed Oklahoma Education Standards Lacking | Tulsa World
An analysis by Achieve, an independent education advocacy group, finds Oklahoma’s new education standards “fail to serve students, teachers, or parents well” in both ELA and math. In 2014, Oklahoma lawmakers passed legislation, signed by Governor Mary Fallin, to replace the state’s Common Core Standards. A final version of the proposed replacement standards were approved by the State Department of Education earlier this year. The Achieve report concludes the new standards would leave Oklahoma students “less prepared for college and careers than their counterparts in other states.” Lawmakers have until Wednesday to approve or disapprove the new standards, or the learning goals will go into effect. The Oklahoman editorial board wrote Sunday that lawmakers should fix the problems identified by experts. “[Lawmakers] must ensure Oklahoma has quality standards and associated testing.”

God’s Calling for Honesty in Georgia’s Classrooms Now More Achievable | Augusta Chronicle
Georgia public schools, like most across the country, “have begun the difficult work of raising the bar for classrooms,” which “aligns with God’s instruction to love our neighor as ourselves,” writes Dr. Delilah Crowder, an author and member of the Faith and Education Coalition. “For the first time in a long time, [parents] are getting honest information about their children’s development.” An analysis by Achieve this year finds most states have closed their “Honesty Gap” by 30 percentage points or more. Another study by Harvard University notes, “Now, in the wake of the Common Core campaign, a majority of states have made a dramatic move forward.”

GOP Candidates Taking Aim at Common Core Academic Standards | Associated Press
Several Republican leaders have pledged to get rid of Common Core State Standards, but “is the talk about killing Common Core just that—talk?” write Jennifer Kerr and Carole Feldman. The newly minted Every Student Succeeds Act prevents the federal government from pushing education standards, Common Core or otherwise. “On top of that, Common Core Standards were established by state governors, not Washington.” “It’s bewildering that many of the candidates continue to insist wrongly that Common Core can be repealed at the local level by executive fiat from Washington, D.C.,” Karen Nussle wrote this month. “No president can force states to repeal Common Core without violating ESSA, which expressly prohibits the federal government from meddling in local education matters.”


Correcting the Record:

Common Core Is Stupid, Says Benjamin Franklin | National Review
America’s founding fathers would reject Common Core State Standards because “centrally planned education is a stupid idea,” argues columnist Josh Gelernter. “Different men need to know different things… Different parents want their children taught differently.” Gelernter suggests Common Core State Standards homogenize classrooms, but in fact the standards ensure teachers and local school boards have full control over what their schools teach and how it’s taught. Here is where he gets it wrong: http://forstudentsuccess.org/common-core-standards-dont-homogenize-schools/


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NY Regents Nominate Common Core Foe Betty Rosa for Chancellor | Albany Times Union
The New York Board of Regents nominated Bronx member Betty Rosa Monday to become the next chancellor. Rosa was the only member of the Board nominated to the top position. “She was so well loved even though she was regarded as a tough superintendent,” said Regent Kathleen Cashin. Rosa was a favored pick among opt-out groups, the article notes.

Kindergarten These Days Harder but Still Fun, Teachers Say | Columbus Dispatch
A University of Virginia report finds kindergarten became more focused on academic skills between 1998 and 2010, but veteran teachers say five- and six-year-olds are still “a wiggly, giggly, chatty bunch.” In 1998, 31 percent of kindergarten teachers said students should learn to read in kindergarten. In 2010, 80 percent of teachers believed that. “What [students are] doing there is different,” says Michelle Banks, who has taught kindergarten since the 1990s. “The Common Core Standards in 2010 were a real turning point…I definitely feel the rigor of the academics has increased.”