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Common Core’s Higher Standards Work | Westchester Journal News
In response to calls to replace New York’s Common Core Standards, Stephen Sigmund, director of High Achievement New York, writes that turning back would be “exactly the wrong approach to help students achieve success.” “The old education standards left nearly two-thirds of high school graduates in New York without the basic reading, math and comprehension skills to succeed in college and beyond… Higher standards are working.” The Honesty Gap analysis identifies New York as among the top states for providing parents with accurate information about student readiness, which is a result of high standards and high-quality assessments. “The chorus of ‘can’t’…was wrong,” the New York Daily News wrote before. “If responsible adults show fortitude… children can and will achieve in ever-greater numbers.”

Former Governor Jan Brewer: Common Core Is the Right Thing to Do | The Costa Report
Speaking with host Rebecca Costa, former Governor Jan Brewer explains that she became involved in politics because of her concerns about her kids’ education, particularly over misleading accountability systems and weak classroom expectations. “We need good, common, comparable [education] standards…How do I compare my kids with students in, say, New York or other states?” On the Mike Broomhead Show, Gov. Brewer adds, “In Arizona, we moved forward with the Common Core [because] it was the right thing to do.” The Every Student Succeeds Act removes federal entanglement and ensures control at the local and state levels. Gov. Brewer closes, “I hope I have the opportunity to talk to Mr. Trump about it.”


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Common Core’s National Curriculum Has Arrived | Town Hall
The U.S. Department of Education is using the #GoOpen Initiative to “push onto states Common Core-aligned online instructional materials,” claims Jane Robbins, a senior fellow at the American Principles Project. The Department of Defense’s open-source Learning Registry, Robbins adds, threatens government control over curriculum. “So federal money will fund development of curricular materials that will be placed on a federally supported platform so that the feds can make ‘recommendations’ about their use.” Robbins’ claim that the federal government is pushing a “Common Core curriculum” is unfounded. Across the country state and local educators are overwhelmingly developing their own materials aligned to the Common Core, and the standards allow teachers to choose curricular resources. Here is where Robbins gets it wrong:

DNC Emails Published by WikiLeaks Show Links to AFT and Common Core Anxiety | Education Week
Emails released by WikiLeaks ahead of the Democratic National Convention indicate members of the party’s communications team identified the Common Core as a “third rail” that should be avoided at the convention. “Common Core is a political third rail that we should not be touching at all,” Deputy Communications Director Eric Walker wrote. “Most people want local control of education… Would get rid of any reference to [Common Core].” The emails suggest that Common Core and local control are somehow unconnected, which is untrue. Here is where the idea that Common Core doesn’t support local control is wrong:


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State Board of Education Sets Score Levels on New Mississippi Test | Associated Press
Education officials in Mississippi announced proficiency benchmarks on the Mississippi Assessment of Progress on Monday. The targets closely mirror the five-level grading structure used by PARCC, and include minimal, basic, pass, proficient and advanced levels. The exam is more rigorous than state-specific tests used before Mississippi adopted PARCC, the article reports. Fewer than a third of students rate as proficient in English language arts and math. About two-thirds of students achieved a passing or higher status. Mississippi administered MAP exams for the first time this spring after replacing PARCC.
Louisiana ACT Scores Edge Up Again | Times Picayune
ACT scores among Louisiana public school students increased modestly, according to results released by the State Department of Education on Monday. The Class of 2016 earned an average composite score of 19.5, up 0.1 from the year before. It’s “further evidence that Louisiana’s plan for increasing opportunity for Louisiana’s graduates is working and needs to be continued,” said State Superintendent John White. In 2013, the Louisiana Department of Education made the ACT exam “all but mandatory” for students, the article notes.
Tim Kaine’s Hefty Education Resume | US News & World Report
Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, has “big education chops” and “is in lockstep with the former secretary of state’s education agenda,” the article reports. During Kaine’s tenure as Governor of Virginia, the number of children enrolled in pre-K increased by nearly 40 percent, and bills aimed at increasing career and technical education programs were included in the Every Student Succeeds Act. The pick is likely to please teachers’ unions, the article adds. “Hillary Clinton’s selection of Sen. Tim Kaine signals her commitment to unite, not divide, Americans,” said Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association.