Jacob Tanenbaum -- Dear Pearson and, by extension, McGraw-Hill, and the rest of the companies that produce standardized tests for our classrooms:
Schools all over New York state just finished giving the tests you designed for us. I read that you got $32 million for those. Wow.
Chairman Tom Harkin released the following statement after the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee today approved Harkin's Strengthening America's Schools Act (SASA), a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
A backlash against the Common Core educational standards for grade school has hit the radio talk shows and Internet blogs in recent weeks. The tea party has taken it up as a new rallying cry against what it claims is a government takeover of educating our kids.
Students at two elementary schools in Tennessee will learn math through movement next year. The district will use a grant to purchase the Math & Movement program, which teaches basic math skills through exercise. "School systems in Chattanooga have used this for the past two years and have tracked those students and they saw a great increase in math scores," said Misty Keller, coordinator of school health for Kingsport City Schools.
In mathematics, the performance levels at each grade level are written for each of five assessment sub-claims: (1) major content; (2) additional and supporting content; (3) reasoning; (4) modeling; and (5) fluency for grades 3-6.
Alan Singer -- In past Huffington Posts, I have been very critical of the national Common Core standards developed by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers with money from the Pearson and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations for a number of reasons. I believe they are partly a ploy by major publishers and media companies to sell new material to schools that is actually the same old stuff marketed with different labels.
Many Florida students continue to struggle on high-stakes tests in reading and math, although new results released Friday showed signs of improvement for those students taking two key tests needed to graduate.
Erik Robelen -- The existing science standards in 12 states and the District of Columbia are "clearly superior" to the Next Generation Science Standards developed by a coalition of states and national organizations, a think tank concludes in a new report. The Thomas B. Fordham Institute gives the standards a middling grade of C, and suggests states are better off looking elsewhere should they wish to overhaul their standards, such as to those in South Carolina or the District of Columbia.
Democrats and Republicans agreed on one thing: They both want to erase the most unpopular aspect of No Child Left Behind — the provision that requires schools to make progress toward all students being proficient in math and reading by 2014. If they fail to meet benchmarks, schools are subject to steadily escalating punitive measures.
Valerie Strauss -- Here is an exchange of letters about the controversial $100 million student database largely funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and operated by a new nonprofit organization, inBloom Inc. Privacy concerns about the database — which contains detailed information about millions of students — have been growing, and some states that initially signed up to participate in a pilot project have backed off.
Erik Robelen -- Most states that adopted the common-core math standards lack high school graduation requirements that ensure all students will get the coursework they need to meet the new expectations, according to a report issued today.