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April 05, 2016

How 'High Standards' Are Like '7-Minute Abs'

I've never really been able to get on board the high standards train. It's not that I'm opposed to "high standards"—it just usually plays out like the 7-Minute Abs scene in There's Something About Mary.

September 14, 2015

Of Head Start and the SAT

SAT scores keep sliding for each successive graduating class, but NAEP scores are strong in K-8. Why aren't these elementary and middle school gains showing up in high school?

February 19, 2010

Bait and Switch: Update

The relentless Robert Pondiscio of the Core Knowledge blog followed up on this morning's post regarding Department of Ed official Kevin Jennings' surprising declaration that the Department's view on Common Core standards is currently "focused on the academic standards" and is "starting" with math an...

February 19, 2010

Bait and Switch on Common Standards?

We've been told time and again that the current common standards push is guided by the mantra "fewer, clearer, and higher" standards. That's a good thing, since efforts to craft expansive standards tend to crumble under their own weight. Recall what happened to the national history standards panel ...

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