Public education is under attack, says education historian, Diane Ravitch. At a time when schooling is being radically re-envisioned with the Common Core Standards, Ravitch makes a thought-provoking argument about the success or failure of standardized testing.
The Common Core Standards are becoming a reality for 46 states and the District of Columbia. This is a major step toward better preparing our students to graduate from high school and be career ready. And while most buy in to the premise of a change in creating a coherent national framework for what students [...]
Previously, every state has worked from its own set of academic standards, meaning public education students in each state are learning to different levels. The Common Core standards have been designed so that all students are prepared to compete with not only their American peers in the next state, but also with students globally. Change is not easy and many teachers are lamenting yet another shift in the standards movement. But in many ways the Common Core State Standards are perfect for the 21st Century educator.
The common-core standards in English/language arts and mathematics are generally aligned to the leading state standards, international standards, and university standards at the high-school-exit level, but are more rigorous in some content areas, says a report released Wednesday. Researchers at the Educational Policy Improvement Center, or EPIC, a Eugene, Ore.-based research organization, compared the content and [...]