The Common Core: still a state initiative, not a federal one

Well, I suppose it was inevitable. The Wall Street Journal recently reported on backlash against the Common Core standards in its article, “School Standards Pushback.” Apparently some states, including South Carolina, are claiming that the voluntarily-adopted, state-developed, consensus-driven math and reading standards represent an unfair federal intrusion into local and state territory. Excuse me? As reported by the

Success story: From 53 percent to 83 percent

Seven years ago, the school board in Everett, Washington found out that their graduation rate was 53 percent. By using data to uncover students’ stumbling blocks, increasing (not decreasing!) the rigor curriculum, and supporting late graduates, they now have an on-time graduation rate of 83 percent and an extended (five-year) graduation rate of over 90