Jenni White, A bill to prevent the state government from requiring schools to use the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) passed the New Hampshire Senate. CCSS is a set of national standards dictating what students should know at the end of each grade level. Senate Bill 44, introduced in January 2017, would “[prohibit] the department
Elizabeth BeShears, U.S. students scored below the international average in math and showed no improvement in reading and science on the most recent Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) test. Every three years, 15-year-old students in countries across the world take the two-hour PISA test administered by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
More than half of the states in the country have declared war on Common Core, working on legislation to limit or outright reject the top down and problematic national educational standards. Parents and teachers have become increasingly frustrated watching their kids struggle with the difficult to understand methods taught by Common Core, and are infuriated
The “state-led” federal initiative to standardize educational curriculums across the country, known as Common Core, is a really bad idea. It is confusing to students and parents, and has frustrated many teachers. The math is nonsensical and more difficult than it needs to be, and the English, history and social studies are chock full of
A second grader’s answers to a Common Core-aligned math worksheet were marked as incorrect because they weren’t “friendly” enough… even though they were the right answers. A screenshot of the worksheet was posted to Twitter. The teacher wrote that even though the questions — addition and subtraction problems — were solved correctly, the student used the wrong
They’re everywhere. Turn on Fox News, local news, Animal Planet, HGTV, The Family Channel or talk radio. Pro-Common Core commercials have been airing ad nauseam in a desperate attempt to persuade American families to support the beleaguered federal education standards/testing/technology racket. Who’s funding these public relations pushes? D.C. lobbyists, entrenched politicians and Big Business interests.
Have you had enough of the testing tyranny? Join the club. To be clear: I’m not against all standardized academic tests. My kids excel on tests. The problem is that there are too damned many of these top-down assessments, measuring who knows what, using our children as guinea pigs and cash cows. College-bound students in