Justin Minkel -- The most damaging assumption of the NCLB era was that test scores and student achievement are the same thing. In the Common Core era, the most damaging assumption might be the following fallacy: Moving toward a coherent national system will bring about a loss of autonomy for teachers.
The implementation of the CCSS has prompted districts to make large-scale changes in the instructional materials they use with students. However, as some policy groups have warned, districts must use caution when selecting new materials because there is currently a shortage of high-quality instructional materials that are aligned to the CCSS.
Jennifer Bay-Williams, mathematics teacher educator at the University of Louisville, shares three lessons she hopes pre-service teachers in her mathematics methods course take away from the class. Her tips include engaging students in challenging tasks, using higher-level questions in the classroom and tailoring instruction to students' specific needs.
Fairfax County’s new school superintendent made her priorities clear when she unveiled her first budget proposal, which calls for classroom teachers and staff to receive significant raises next year, at a cost of $41 million.
The U.S. Department of Education has announced that Oklahoma and eight other states will share $71 million to continue efforts to turn around persistently lowest-achieving schools. Oklahoma is being awarded $4.95 million.Other states that will receive the federal School Improvement Grants, or SIG, funds to make new awards to schools are: Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, New Jersey, Ohio, and South Dakota.
Gov. Mary Fallin, preparing to lead a national conference of governors, rejected President Barack Obama’s call to raise the minimum wage and defended Common Core academic standards that have generated opposition in Oklahoma and other states.
Gov. Mary Fallin, preparing to lead a national conference of governors, rejected President Barack Obama's call to raise the minimum wage and defended Common Core academic standards that have generated opposition in Oklahoma and other states.
An upcoming report prepared for an engineering society will say that an elementary school destroyed by a tornado at Moore last spring was poorly designed and could have protected children better if it had been properly reinforced.
The Florida State Board of Education has approved some changes to the state's Common Core State Standards, including a name change to Florida Standards. Other modifications included new calculus benchmarks and cursive writing requirements. "The most important thing is that we move forward with these standards," board member John Colon said. "We can't continue to delay them. They've been reviewed thoroughly."
David Ginsburg -- I recently challenged the longstanding requirement among math teachers for students to "show your work." Now it's time to go after another common math teacher mandate: always use pencil.
A major change is coming to a majority of public schools throughout the country, and most Americans have no idea what it is. A survey released today by education reform advocacy group 50CAN shows that a majority of Americans have no idea what the Common Core State Standards are.