Friday, July 25, 2014

NEA President: We Need a Course Correction on Common Core

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By Dennis Van Roekel During my 23 years as a high school math teacher, I learned some important lessons.  One of the most important was that effective teaching and learning required me at times to be the teacher and at other times, the student. I listened closely to my students because they were the ones [...]

Poll: Majority of Americans Reject Testing, Have Not Heard Of the Common Core Standards

August 21, 2013 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker As classrooms across the nation begin the transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the potentially game-changing initiative apparently hasn’t registered with the American public. According to the new PDK/Gallup poll, two out of three Americans have not heard of the Common Core. Among the third who have heard of the [...]

Six Ways the Common Core is Good For Students

May 10, 2013 by twalker  
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By Cindy Long As the Common Core debate heats up, we’ve heard a lot from policy makers, politicians, and even TV talk show hosts about the challenges posed by the new standards and whether they’ll help or hurt education. With all the chatter, the voices of the professionals who are actually responsible for implementing the [...]

Common Core Assessments Must Be Used to Guide – Not Punish – Teachers, Says Eskelsen

March 27, 2013 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are scheduled to be in place by fall of 2014, and the enormous changes they’ll bring to every classroom will be felt just as efforts to overhaul teacher evaluations systems pick up steam. Is it any wonder that educators have what National Education Association Vice President [...]

Beyond the Bubble: Schools Get Ready for Common Core Assessments

December 11, 2012 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker Jessica Keigan, a teacher at Horizon High School in Thornton, Colorado, knows there will be big changes in the way she and her colleagues teach reading and math. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and all they bring—more rigorous content, new training, and new student assessments—are being rolled out across the country, [...]