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The Common Core standards are supposed to be about bigger ideas and fewer of them?

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What does it mean to be ‘aligned to the Common Core?’

What does it mean to be ‘aligned to the Common Core?’

Did you know that… As expected, with the advent of the Common Core we are seeing a lot of labeling and re-labeling of instructional materials, resources, and activities. Publishers are adding the Common Core designation to existing textbooks, resources, assessments, and professional development opportunities just as fast as they can. Educators are unpacking the Common...

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Text complexity in the early grades: Shooting ourselves in the foot?

Text complexity in the early grades: Shooting ourselves in the foot?

Here are some quotes from the most recent issue of Educational Researcher regarding text complexity in the early grades, one of the hallmark pushes of the Common Core State Standards: the CCSS text complexity standards for Grade 3 appear to be aspirational, much like the No Child Left Behind Adequate Yearly Progress targets (Shepard, 2008)....

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Essay questions for education ‘reformers’

As a member of the Billionaire Boys’ Club, or as one of the paid associates of the BBC, you . . . 1. believe that extraordinarily complex skills like reading and writing ability can be validly and reliably measured by simple, objectivetests. Explain how that could possibly be so. Please draw upon your extensive knowledge...

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Whipping people into line

Whipping people into line

Sir Ken Robinson said: It’s not the need for standards. It’s the way they play out. . . . testing is not some benign educational process. It is a multibillion-dollar industry that is absorbing massive time, resources and cash that could be used for other things. Its a massive profit-making machine. . . . You...