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Is There Really a Visual Approach to the Common Core? | Education Week
Visual aids offer teachers and students a tool to help master the content of Common Core State Standards, writes Sargy Letuchy, an English teacher in Illinois. Noting that the standards are more rigorous than those most states used before, Letuchy explains, “When teachers and students use visual instructional tools that are carefully crafted for each standard, the learning process becomes easier and more precise for everyone involved.” Teachers across the country are finding ways to support learning through the Common Core, and collaborating to share best practices to unlock students’ full potential. “Under the Common Core, teachers have greater flexibility to design their classroom lessons—and can, for the first time, take advantage of the best practices from great teachers in other states,” 21 State Teachers of the Year wrote last year.

Tim Kaine’s View on Common Core Represents Only a Portion of His Education Advocacy | Romper
Senator Tim Kaine supports the Common Core. As Governor of Virginia, Kaine called for adoption of the standards, although state lawmakers ultimately opted against it. “We live in a world without borders,” Kaine said previously. “It not only matters how Virginia students compare to those in surrounding states – it matters how we compete with countries across the world.” In the U.S. Senate, Kaine introduced legislation to expand technical education programs, which was included in the Every Student Succeeds Act. The law ensures that states have full control over education issues, including academic standards and accountability systems. “If states want to use Common Core, it is not the place of the federal government to tell them they cannot do that,” Congressman John Kline said last fall.


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PARCC Continues to Fade at the High School Level  | Education Week
Consortia exams aligned to Common Core State Standards are “losing ground at the high school level,” the article reports. Over the last year, three states stopped using PARCC assessments for high school students. Among those states is Illinois, which recently announced it will replace PARCC with the SAT for high school students. The “high school PARCC exam won’t be missed,” the Northwest Herald opines. “Illinois educators, frustrated with PARCC, applaud its ‘execution’ – the high school version, at least – and look forward to better results through the SAT. We hope they’re right.” High-quality assessments are one of the best tools parents and teachers have to measure student development, and states that have opted to replace consortia exams may incur hefty costs for an inferior test. Here is where those decisions get it wrong:



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Former Education Secretary William J. Bennett Urges GOP to ‘Seize the Day’ on ESSA | Education Week
Conservative Leaders for Education, a new group led by former U.S. Education Secretary Bill Bennett, is urging Republican state lawmakers to support conservative principles as they implement the Every Student Succeeds Act. “[No Child Left Behind] is dead,” Bennett said. “We urge states to seize the day. Republicans need to step up.” The organization is made up of state lawmakers who chair education committees in eight states, and promotes school choice, local control, accountability, transparency and high academic expectations.
Indian River Exceeds State Average on State Assessments | Delmarva Daily Times
Students in Delaware’s Indian River School District exceeded the state average on both the math and English language arts sections of the Smarter Balanced assessment, which is administered in grades 3-8. Statewide results were released by the Delaware Department of Education this week. In third grade, 56 and 61 percent of students were proficient or above in ELA and math, respectively. In eighth grade, 65 percent scored proficient or above in ELA, compared to the state average of 54 percent; 40 percent scored proficient or above in math, compared to the state average of 38 percent.