Common Core

8/20/14 Panel

Aug 20, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, NYPIRG Legislative Director Blair Horner, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
ISIS beheads U.S. Journalist
Battle over redistricting in NY
Common Core losing ground in U.S.?

Tim Kremer

With another school year just around the corner in New York, teachers have some new test results to go over. The math and English scores for grades 3 through 8 in the exams tied to the Common Core show slight improvement, but only about a third of the students are considered proficient. The Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association, Tim Kremer, says the test results show only modest gains, but he says things are moving in the right direction.

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New York’s school children made incremental progress in math scores but no gains in English tests in the second year of Common Core-related exams. Education officials say overall, only around one third of students actually passed the tests.

Karen Hitchcock: The Many Faces Of The Common Core Debate

Jul 24, 2014

Over the last several months, discussions of the Common Core State Standards have been eclipsed by the public’s reaction to major issues which have arisen in their implementation – issues such as declining student test scores, and the role of such test scores in teacher evaluations, evaluations mandated if a state was to receive its share of federal money from the “Race to the Top” funds. The Common Core, we remember, is a set of standards or goals which has been developed to describe what our students should achieve at various points in their education. Accepted by some 45 states and the District of Columbia, these standards are meant to ensure that our young people will be prepared for whatever futures our rapidly evolving society creates, that they will be college-ready and employment-ready, that they will be globally competitive.

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  The Common Core has divided many Americans.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Sean Eldridge — a Democratic candidate for New York’s 19th district seat — discusses education with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Teacher tenure is one of the most misunderstood concepts in education. Misinformation and outright lies are spread by those who want to take away rights from teachers and destroy teacher unions.

The Republican candidate for Governor is petitioning to run on a new ballot line that capitalizes on public opposition to the new Common Core learning standards.

A tentative agreement has been reached by New York Governor Cuomo and the legislature to put off the effects of the controversial Common Core tests on teachers for another two years.

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Massachusetts is exploring a switch from the age-old paper and pencil tests to an online standardized testing system for the public schools.  State education officials today reported results of a test drive of the new system.

Stephen Gottlieb: For A Better Education

Jun 17, 2014

A recent headline read, “Slow Common Core.” For quite a long time there has been a backlash against anything viewed as “too tough” for our kids. That is a tendency of living in a democracy. Anything tough for our kids is bad but at the same time they have to get a fabulous education that will equip them for life’s challenges. So the solution is teachers who can make everyone learn painlessly. And therefore, if anything goes wrong it’s the teacher’s fault, not the student’s.