All’s quiet on the Common Core math test front, for now.
After last week’s state reading tests drew sharp criticism, anxiety ran high as students headed into the first of three days of math testing today. But educators are saying the first day was uneventful — and possibly even easier than they expected
Ilana Garon -- Now, having rigorous standards is great. I have no problem with this. However, teachers received minimal instruction about how to better implement these standards in their lessons; most were sent to a workshop for a few days, and then expected to immediately change years of instruction in order to fit with the newly designed (and often extremely dense) tables and charts that make up the CCSS.
Andrew Ujifusa -- The New York State Education Department is upset because it believes at least one district subverted state law by reaching a sotto voce, improper agreement with its teachers' union that new evaluations wouldn't lead to teachers getting fired.
Carol Burris has been named the state's 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York, selected in part for her efforts to provide every student with a challenging curriculum.
Valerie Strauss, -- Parents will soon be told whether their children are "on the road" to college readiness based on cut scores on tests of the new Common Core standards. But there is no evidence the scores will have any meaning.
Catherine Gewertz -- New York is ahead of most states in its work to design detailed curricula and professional development for the common core and to build brand-new tests to reflect them. What's unfolding in the Empire State as a result of that work illustrates the way the common standards can pressure changes in the education landscape, and torque the tensions involved in a deep reworking of curriculum and instruction.
As schools in 46 states begin implementing the Common Core State Standards in earnest, many educators are wrestling with the question of how to get students who are falling short of existing standards somehow to leap over the new, higher bar. Veteran principal Carol Burris believes she has an answer: Make their classes harder.