The Common Core State Standards’ (CCSS) English Language Arts (ELA) benchmarks for kindergarteners came under scrutiny in a recently released report. Issued by two early education advocacy organizations, Defending the Early Years and Alliance for Childhood, the report argues that “many children are not developmentally ready to read in kindergarten” despite the CCSS requirement that prior to first grade,
Back to school season means it’s also time for the yearly ritual of gauging American attitudes about their public schools. Two major surveys released this week once again show that the public says its local schools are great even though they think U.S. schools overall are in the tank (a mathematical impossibility, by the way).
As many of you know, CPE has written extensively about the Common Core, even dedicating an entire page to these new standards. Still, with so much information— and disinformation— swirling around the CCSS, we understand how all of it can be very confusing. It’s for this reason we felt compelled to create a fact sheet,
In the education world it seems that standardized testing has as many defenders as Alex Rodriguez or Lance Armstrong. However, standardized testing actually got some props recently in articles at in Washington Post and the Huffington Post that focused on how standardized testing can be an important tool to improve our nation’s schools if used
Georgia’s decision to bow out of the PARCC assessment due to increased costs raises concern about the future of Common Core of State Standards (CCSS). The new assessments created by the PARCC and Smarter Balanced consortiums were supposed to create new and better assessments than what many states have used for more than a decade.