What common core standards means for preschools

Juliet D. Wolf, a Montgomery County kindergarten teacher, points out that “thinking P-12 is not the status quo.”  However, recent studies, such as the Center for Public Education’s Starting Out Right: Pre-K and Kindergarten, have brought attention to the significance early childhood preparation can have on college and career-readiness. Jaclyn Zubrzycki’s recent Ed Week article,

How does your state’s standard compare?

Yesterday, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) at the U.S. Department of Education released a new report, Mapping State Proficiency Standards onto NAEP Scales: 2005-2009. The report enables states to compare the rigor of their standards for proficiency in fourth and eighth grades in both math and reading to that of other states. To

Who’s teaching the teachers? Part One

In my class on the fundamentals of special education this past fall, we were frequently observed by members of Maine’s accreditation team frequently as part of an every-five-year review and renewal process for teacher education programs. If they were interested in me, I was certainly interested in them. Like the National Council on Teacher Quality