Policy

COMMON CORE

Stories about the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state effort to create a single set of standards to guide curriculum and assessment of US students in grades K-12.


The Number of States Using PARCC and Smarter Balanced Tests Has Dropped by Half in Five Years
NOT THE POPULAR KIDS: The number of states planning to use the PARCC and Smarter Balanced those tests to measure student's progress has dropped from 45 in 2011 to 20 in 2016, Education Next reports. As support for the Common Core among politicians and educators wanes, the closely aligned PARCC and Smarter Balanced tests have also fallen from favor, and as more states leave, the benefit of interstate comparability decreases...
Massachusetts' Rejection of the Common Core Seen as a Bellwether for States' Attitudes
TURN TAIL: Dr. Mitchell Chester has been of the most vocal supporters of the Common Core Standards since 2009. Last week, his recommendation swayed the Massachusetts State Board of Education to ditch the PARCC test, a keystone of the standards, in favor of one of Massachusetts' own design...
Common Core Founders Under Nationwide Financial Burdens
COMMON MISTAKES:  The Wall Street Journal reports that schools nationwide are struggling without enough money to meet the deadlines to implement the Common Core. Districts are financially hamstrung by the cost of training, teaching materials and computers needed to support the standards...
Schoolzilla Releases California SmarterBalanced Comparison Tool
HOW DO DISTRICTS STACK UP? California educators, you might want to check this out. Schoolzilla just released a jam-packed tool that compares how the state’s districts performed on the SmarterBalanced assessments by socioeconomic status, county and district size. (Trust us, it’s easy to get lost in this for a few hours...
Parent Blasts Common Core Math on Check for Elementary School
COMMON CORE CHECK-MATE: This one’s been making the rounds on social media: A frustrated parent who had struggled to help his son with math homework recently wrote a check to Millridge Elementary School, offering an amount that is written in “Common Core math.” But while some are praising him for calling out the odd nature of “ten-frame cards,” others are calling the act pointless, including blogger Hemant Mehta...
Is Opt-Out In? 20 Percent of New York Students Boycotted This Year’s Standardized Tests
TESTING INCOMPLETE: More than 200,000—or 20 percent—of New York students eligible to take this year’s Common Core test refused. That’s quadruple the number of opt-outs last year, reports the New York Times. Passing rates for the estimated 900,000 students who took the test were 31 percent for reading and 38 percent for math...
Ohio Dumps PARCC, Picks AIR to Deliver Common Core Tests in 2016
FRESH AIR: Ohio has dumped PARCC as its Common Core testing provider “after months of angry complaints about the new online tests having too many technology glitches and of eating up far too much learning time for students,” reports Cleveland.com. The state paid $26 million this past school year to PARCC, which now has 10 member states along with the District of Columbia...