COMMON CORE STANDARDS DAILY UPDATE // MARCH 3, 2016

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Why the Common Core Will Be Declared a Failure and Why That Will Be Dead Wrong | Education Week
Although critics allege Common Core State Standards are not working, states embracing the standards “do not have to show up for the funeral of the standards they have chosen,” writes Marc Tucker. Like an engine, all parts of an education system must work in unison to improve student performance. “Treat [well-crafted standards] like an essential component of a high performance system and put the other components of the systems in place and get out of the way before you are run over by the improvements you will see in student performance.” Last year Karen Nussle explained, “Based on how resilient the Common Core State Standards have proven to be…we’re unlikely to see any kind of mass movement away from this critically important initiative.”

MCAS 2.0, New Every Student Succeeds Law Mean Change ahead for Standardized Testing | The Republican
Robert Bardwell, a Massachusetts school counselor, writes that changes to the state’s testing policies will ensure “fewer tests and less testing time moving forward,” but parents should remember “not all accountability measures are bad.” Higher-quality assessments “will give teachers more time in their classes teaching their content rather than focused on testing.” Massachusetts officials have reaffirmed their commitment to rigorous education standards and high-quality exams, and mounting evidence suggests these new tests better measure student development. Last year Illinois’ 2014 Teacher of the Year Pam Reilly wrote, “I can say with confidence these new assessments are the kind we should want our kids to take.”


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Cosmetic Changes Won’t Fix Common Core Disaster | The Journal News
The New York Board of Regents’ plan to revise the state’s Common Core Standards “will waste a year of our time creating standards that are virtually identical to the Common Core,” writes Nicholas Tampio, an associate professor at Fordham University. “The Regents plan suggests that they have no interest in challenging the federal government’s prerogative to determine academic standards…Until New York policy-makers recognize that the Common Core, by whatever name, is a failed experiment, we have no choice but to refuse the tests.” Tampio ignores that Common Core State Standards are setting more students up to graduate high school prepared for colleges and careers, and that high-quality assessments provide parents and teachers with accurate information. Here is where he gets it wrong: http://forstudentsuccess.org/common-core-high-quality-assessments-helping-new-york-students-succeed/


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McAuliffe Vetoes Bill that Would Require Lawmakers’ Approval to Adopt Common Core | Washington Post
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed a bill Tuesday that would have required the State Board of Education to seek approval from the General Assembly to adopt the Common Core. Virginia was one of five states to never adopt Common Core State Standards, but the bill came in response to fears the state might adopt the standards. “While I remain opposed to adopting the Common Core State Standards, I am equally opposed to infringing on the Board’s authority,” Gov. McAuliffe said.

Revised Louisiana Common Core Standards Expected to Glide through BESE | New Orleans Advocate
The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) is expected to approve revisions to the state’s Common Core Standards with few changes of its own. The BESE will meet today to discuss the recommendations of the 26-member Standards Review Committee. The Board will then take a vote on Friday. “I don’t sense any desire to send people back to the drawing board on this,” says Barry Erwin, head of the Council for a Better Louisiana.

Donald Trump’s Stance on Education Is a Wild Card | Education World
Rick Hess, education director for the American Enterprise Institute, says Donald Trump’s education policy appears to be “largely a product of which education persona happened to catch his fancy.” “There’s no reason to believe that Trump necessarily means what he’s said on any issue,” Hess adds. “He’s said that he would ‘outlaw’ the Common Core, but it’s not at all clear he knows what the Common Core is or how he’d try to do that…What would a President Trump mean for education? I have no idea. And neither does anyone else.”