Pros and Cons | Thinking About the Common Core Standards
|The Common Core Standards prepare students for a competitive global economy||The Common Core Standards do not guarantee improvements in testing on the global scale|
|The Common Core Standards provide national continuity in education||The Common Core Standards straddle the middle ground of education – either better than some states or worse than others|
|The Common Core Standards are not finding the lowest common denominator to build on, but are in fact designed to build upon the best standards so that even states with successful standards will be taking a step forward in education||The Common Core Standards is a program pushed by the government – Adopt the program or no money|
|The Common Core Standards have been designed to leave room for tailoring to specific state populations (states must adopt at least 85% of the standards, leaving 15% to tweak)||The Common Core Standards cannot be tailored to all of the diverse populations of our nation|
|The Common Core Standards were designed by a diverse group of teachers, experts, parents, and school administrators to reflect aspirations for student achievement and an understanding of the realities of the classroom||The Common Core Standards is a program created on ideal situations/aspirations in education by people who have funding and students already ahead of the learning curve|
Today’s lesson: Common Core 101
TJN 3:48 p.m. EST March 8, 2014
What is the Common Core? It is a series of grade-by-grade standards for English/language arts and math — what students should know at high school graduation, at the end of 11th grade, at the end of 10th grade — all the way down to kindergarten.
Who created it? The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers initiated the project so states would have access to “internationally competitive” school benchmarks. The Gates Foundation played a major role by promising $170 million to create the standards. Achieve Inc., a nonprofit group run by corporate leaders and governors, oversaw development of the standards in 2009 and released them in 2010. Educators were involved, but not enough for many critics.
Is Common Core a national program? Well, 45 states and the District of Columbia voluntarily adopted Common Core in 2010. But the Obama administration’s strong endorsement of it (and dangling of Race to the Top funds for states that complied) gave the initiative a national feel. The close involvement of national foundations and publishing companies has deepened this impression.
Fight brews over NYS education aid, Common Core
by Ashley Hirtzel
Mar 10, 2014 — A fight over education aid and its distribution is likely on its way as controversy continues over implementation of the new federal Common Core standards in New York.
Last week the Democrat-led state Assembly passed a bill that would delay parts of the Common Core standards, including using Common Core testing to evaluate teachers and pass or fail students. The Assembly defeated a proposed amendment from Republicans that would have suspended Common Core entirely in the state.
Meanwhile, a special subcommittee of the state Board of Regents is working on ways to help schools with the standards’ implementation. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appointed a panel to review the rollout of the standards, and he’s released a new ad saying Common Core “is heading in the right direction,” but that basing testing on it is premature.
Common Core and Data Mining: Fact and Fiction Part II
By GRACY OLMSTEAD • March 10, 2014, 6:15 AM
Thoughtful commenters on last week’s “Fact and Fiction at CPAC Common Core Panel” expressed some disappointment with the piece’s lack of in-depth analysis. I hope to respond to these concerns, and provide greater information on the “fact and fiction” surrounding Common Core. Unfortunately, it will take (a lot) more than 500 words. This article looks specifically at questions and concerns over student privacy with the new standards.
Question: Do the Common Core State Standards encourage or require government data mining of students’ personal information?
What’s at the core of Georgia’s Common Core bill?
By Kyle Wingfield
The question is not whether Georgia lawmakers should pass Senate Bill 167, the anti-Common Core legislation pending before them. At this point, the question is: Why bother?
As passed by the state Senate, the bill would essentially pry Georgia out of the Common Core standards for student learning, which were created several years ago at the behest of governors led by our own Sonny Perdue. But it would also bar Georgia from using any standards set by the federal government, any group of states or any “third party.”
Not to worry, SB 167’s sponsors tell me. The bill isn’t intended to force our state to go it alone in deciding what kindergarteners through high school seniors need to know in math and language arts. We could still adopt standards from elsewhere; a revision of the bill will make that clear.
Well, what about the part of the bill that could lead schools for years to come to use science standards based on what was known back in 2010?
Arne Duncan: You’re a Liar, Common Core Will Destroy American Education
Feb. 26, 2014 9:32am
Pat Gray is a talk radio and television host. He is a co-host of The Glenn Beck Radio Program, a nationally syndicated radio talk show featuring Glenn Beck. He is also the co-host of Pat & Stu alongside Stu Burguiere on TheBlaze.
This week, TheBlaze’s White House Correspondent, Fred Lucas, conducted an interview with Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
Fred did a great job reporting exactly what Secretary Duncan said, without adding his own commentary. That’s what a good journalist does.
I, Pat Gray, however, am not a journalist. I definitely add commentary. Oh, and truth. Because Secretary Duncan flat out lied to Fred, and to you.
If you were to accept everything Secretary Duncan said at face value, you could easily say, “wow, this Common Core state standard thing sounds GREAT!” That’s why I don’t recommend that you take everything he said, or what any Common Core advocate says, at face value.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan, speaks to the Associated Press during an interview in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. Duncan says it’s tough to prepare students for college when they’re more worried about being killed than making it to graduation. Credit: AP
Let’s start with Duncan’s claim that Common Core state education standards are not federal-level coercion, adding, as he put it, “as some Republicans in Congress have characterized them.”
That’s Duncan’s attempt to make this sound like a purely partisan issue. It isn’t. There are plenty of Republicans who are very much in favor of Common Core. Some are names you know well, like Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval. Republicans can be just as wrong as Democrats sometimes, I think we’ve seen that.
(Arne Duncan image via DonkeyHotey)