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    Common Core: The Least Common Denominator

    Common Core proponents have long argued that the push toward national standards promotes “college and career readiness.” Not so, argues a new report by the Boston-based Pioneer Institute for Public Policy. According to Pioneer, Common Core does not prepare students for admission into highly selective four-year universities and STEM (science, … More

    Stuck in the Middle: American Student Performance Stagnates on New PISA Exam

    The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) has just released the findings from its most recent assessment of student academic achievement internationally. The PISA is administered every three years by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and assesses the student achievement of 15-year-olds in math, science, and reading, … More

    AFT’s Weingarten: Common Core Implementation Will Be Worse Than Obamacare

    “You think the Obamacare implementation is bad? The implementation of the Common Core is far worse,” said American Federation for Teachers president Randi Weingarten at the National Education Writers Association last month. Though she is ostensibly supportive of national standards, Weingarten joins a chorus of concern about the push for … More

    More Cracks in the Core: Massachusetts Halts Common Core Implementation

    This week, the Massachusetts Board of Education voted to slow the transition to Common Core. The board decided to delay implementation for two years while it compares the Common Core aligned Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests to their existing—and widely praised—Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System … More

    Letter to Catholic Bishops: Catholic Schools Should Reject the Common Core

    One hundred and thirty-two Catholic professors have sent a letter to each Roman Catholic bishop in the country pleading for them to reject the Common Core national standards in their parochial schools. Over 100 dioceses and archdioceses across America have signed on to the Common Core—an effort supported by the … More

    GUEST POST: Common Core Math Standards Do Not Prepare U.S. Students for STEM Careers. How Come?

    Most states adopted Common Core’s mathematics standards because they were told that these standards would make all high school students “college- and career-ready” and strengthen the critical pipeline for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Not so. With the exception of a few standards in trigonometry, the math standards end … More

    No Child Left Behind Waivers: Tethers to the Feds

    The Obama Administration is pushing new No Child Left Behind (NCLB) “flexibility” waiver extensions on states. While the Administration couches the waivers as “relief” from the unworkable mandates of NCLB, in reality the strings-attached policy would grow federal intervention into education in an unprecedented way. In 2011, the U.S. Department … More

    Florida to Withdraw from Common Core Assessments; Other States May Soon Follow

    Florida Governor Rick Scott (R), citing concerns over federal overreach, issued an executive order last week limiting the Sunshine State’s involvement with the Common Core national assessments. While the executive order does not remove Florida from the Common Core national standards, it directs the state board of education to withdraw … More

    One Parent’s Fight Against Common Core Education Standards: “Is This America?”

    That was the question asked by a parent while he was being escorted out of a public forum held by the Maryland State Department of Education. The reason he was escorted out: He dared to challenge the school superintendents on Common Core education standards. The concerned parent, after being interrupted … More

    Common Core Lacks Common (Business) Sense

    Proponents of the Common Core national standards push, including the U.S. Department of Education, have long argued that Common Core is a state-led initiative. Why, then, would Secretary of Education Arne Duncan—and special guest President Obama—meet with more than 40 CEOs to promote Common Core? President Obama and the nation’s … More