Despite claims that the Common Core is a thing of the past, a closer look shows the controversial education standards are still very much in play. A political scientist explains why that's a problem.
Students at an Atlanta elementary school prep for upcoming state standardized tests.
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Standardized test scores drive many of our decisions about students, teachers and school districts. But research shows that the results are highly predictable, in a bad way.
What will change with the new SAT?
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SAT prep is a multi-billion dollar industry today. Will the redesigned SAT restore its original goal of providing greater access to higher education for a diverse population?
Arne Duncan opened the gates to a powerful network.
House Committee on Education and the Workforce Dem
By bringing private advocates to the fore in education, Arne Duncan further opened public education to privatized influences.
Change can be a good thing – really.
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Both have been much maligned by parents who felt like they couldn't help their kids with basic math homework. But the Common Core could help with conceptual understanding and math intuition.
Are there “better tests”?
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As the debate over standardized tests continues, a scholar questions the introduction of a new college readiness test, PARCC and gives reasons why it will be no different.
A large number of teachers leave the profession each year.
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With teachers leaving the profession in large numbers and a drop in candidates applying to teaching programs, it is time to take a fresh look at education reforms.
Common Core is being debated on social media on an unprecedented scale.
The #Commoncore Project.
Social media is being actively used in the public debate on Common Core, with an unprecedented 35,000 to 40,000 tweets each month.
New Jersey high school students.
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Common goals can become a common problem.
The Common Core State Standards Initiative (or Common Core) is a quintessentially American approach to addressing the relatively modest academic performance of many students. The Common Core seeks to raise…
They’re calling it ObamaCore? Not all that again.
When it comes to US public education, few topics engender such heated debate as a new set of maths and English standards for school children known as the Common Core. Since the final standards were released…