Public Comment Sought on Revised Draft Standards for Education Leaders

Two national education organizations are seeking additional feedback from the public on revised draft standards for education leaders. These standards aim to ensure district and school leaders are able to improve student learning and achievement and meet new, higher expectations. The first public comment period last fall resulted in suggested changes that have been incorporated Read more about Public Comment Sought on Revised Draft Standards for Education Leaders[…]

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NASBE Resource Guides States through Science Standards Adoption

Implementing, revising, adapting, or adopting new academic standards is a significant undertaking that requires extensive support, planning, and resources. Where do state policymakers begin? A new NASBE resource, New Science Standards: A Readiness Assessment for State Boards of Education, guides state boards of education through the complex process of reviewing, adopting, and implementing new science Read more about NASBE Resource Guides States through Science Standards Adoption[…]

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Business Leaders Endorse Rigorous Academic Standards in New Videos

The Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board (CED) unveiled a video series that features business and education leaders discussing why college- and career-ready standards benefit students and employers. The series consists of three videos and is part of the nonpartisan, business-led public policy organization’s work to support the implementation of high-quality K-12 standards Read more about Business Leaders Endorse Rigorous Academic Standards in New Videos[…]

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The Common Fear About the Common Core

Education professional Steve Peha has a new newsletter out discussing the ongoing fears and debates surrounding the Common Core. While Peha is in no way one of the more vocal and enthusiastic backers of the Common Core, he does still support it because “we may end up at least one step closer to understanding the Read more about The Common Fear About the Common Core[…]

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Colleges Not Ready for College-Ready Standards?

We have heard much in recent years about college readiness and the role that standards, particularly the Common Core, have to play preparing students for life after high school. But we have heard much less about how institutions of higher education are thinking about the changes of the Common Core, and how much they will Read more about Colleges Not Ready for College-Ready Standards?[…]

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Does the focus on Content Standards detract from rigor?

States should focus more on setting high performance standards than on debating the content of their academic standards. This is according to a new report out from the American Institutes for Research. THE ISSUE Content standards, not performance standards, have been almost the sole focus of state policies and recent conversations about academic standards. Although Read more about Does the focus on Content Standards detract from rigor?[…]

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Achieve’s Report Details States’ Progress in Advancing College and Career Readiness

Achieve’s ninth annual “Closing the Expectations Gap” report, released recently, shows the progress that states have made in advancing college and career readiness while also revealing that much work remains to be done to ensure that all students are academically prepared to succeed in college and careers after high school. “States have made some progress Read more about Achieve’s Report Details States’ Progress in Advancing College and Career Readiness[…]

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Coalition to Launch Effort to Create Free, Open-Source Materials

A coalition of 11 states will create comprehensive, high-quality, open educational resources (OER) supporting K-12 mathematics and English language arts aligned with state learning standards. This new partnership, The K-12 OER Collaborative, is being coordinated by a  nonprofit, The Learning Accelerator (TLA). It aims to offer additional choice to local education agencies, significantly reduce the Read more about Coalition to Launch Effort to Create Free, Open-Source Materials[…]

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Online Resource puts NAEP Data at your Fingertips

As someone who cares about education, you may already know the value of The Nation’s Report Card – the nation’s gold standard for measuring student achievement. Whether or not you’re new to the report card – also known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) – there’s a new way to get to know Read more about Online Resource puts NAEP Data at your Fingertips[…]

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International Benchmarking: State and National Education Performance Standards

There is considerable variance in state performance standards, exposing a large gap in expectations between the states with the highest standards and the states with the lowest standards. Although this gap in expectations is large, many policymakers may not be aware of just how large it is. In general, the difference between the standards in Read more about International Benchmarking: State and National Education Performance Standards[…]

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CCSSO Wants Your Comments on Revised Standards for Education Leaders

The Council of Chief State School Officers is seeking feedback from the public on draft standards for education leaders that aim to ensure district and school leaders are able to improve student achievement and meet new, higher expectations. The standards detail the leadership skills and knowledge effective district and school leaders need in order to Read more about CCSSO Wants Your Comments on Revised Standards for Education Leaders[…]

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Researchers Question Common Core Claims from Publishers

New studies of textbooks calling themselves “Common Core Aligned” suggest that schools and teachers should remember that a “buyer beware” policy is essential when it comes to purchasing quality textbooks. William Schmidt, a professor of statistics and education at Michigan State University in East Lansing and head of a research team that recently analyzed about Read more about Researchers Question Common Core Claims from Publishers[…]

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TAP System Prepares Teachers for Common Core

As states and districts transition to the more rigorous Common Core State Standards, the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) has released a new paper, “Preparing Teachers for the Common Core: Aligning Standards for Teaching with Standards for Learning”, outlining how the TAP Teaching Standards clearly align to the Common Core.  This connection allows Read more about TAP System Prepares Teachers for Common Core[…]

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The Path to Protecting Humanities and Social Sciences

A new report by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and spearheaded by a list of who’s who in humanities, social science, and the arts, recommends that the nation take 12 key steps to ensure that humanities and social sciences maintain an important place in American classrooms. “The Heart of the Matter,” issued recently Read more about The Path to Protecting Humanities and Social Sciences[…]

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Caution on Next Generation Science Standards

A new set of science standards to complement the Common Core has been touted as crucial reform to a crucial subject, but the Thomas B. Fordham Institute has recently urged states considering the “Next Generation Science Standards” to “exercise caution and patience.” Chester Finn and Kathleen Porter-Magee at the Common Core Watch, part of the Read more about Caution on Next Generation Science Standards[…]

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Common Core Open Resources

As the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) moves ever closer, debate over them certainly has not slowed, yet that does not mean that the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and others, like the National Math and Science Initiative, aren’t doing their best to make resources available so Read more about Common Core Open Resources[…]

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