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May 03, 2013

Poll: AFT Members Support Both Common Core and High-Stakes Moratorium

In an encore to American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten's speech in New York City this week, which called for a moratorium on high stakes linked to common-core testing, the union released the results of a poll on how members perceive the new standards.

April 30, 2013

Weingarten: Wait a Year-Plus on High Stakes Around Common Core

This morning, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten gave a speech in New York City in which she called for a moratorium on high stakes associated with the impending common-core tests.

April 05, 2013

A Teacher's 'If' Poem for Her Students

In honor of National Poetry Month (and Friday .... whew, it's Friday!), we felt compelled to pass along a poem that a teacher sent to us.

March 14, 2013

Teachers' 'Core' Concern: The Tests

In reporting for a recent story package on "Common-Core Instructional Opportunities," we found that many teachers are happy with the standards, but scared about the tests.

February 20, 2013

Can Value-Added Models Handle the Transition to the Common Core?

Sociologist Aaron M. Pallas says that we may soon begin seeing wide descrepencies in student test scores across districts as a result of the Common Core State Standards.

January 24, 2013

Should Teachers Resist the Common Core?

English teacher David Cohen senses a growing disconnect between the education activists who oppose the Common Core State Standards wholesale and working K-12 teachers who are doing their best implement the standards constructively.

January 09, 2013

Sample Common-Core Test Items Inspire Worry, Hope

While teachers are getting to know and becoming more comfortable with the Common Core State Standards, many still feel the presence of a dark, amorphous cloud hanging over them: the assessments.

January 04, 2013

Latest Curriculum Craze: Making Stuff

A Huffington Post article says that, in a kind of backlash against the test-driven curricula that have prevailed in many schools over the past decade, there's a growing interest among educators and parents in giving kids more hands-on, experiential learning projects. One example of the reported move...

December 28, 2012

Debating the Common-Core Nonfiction Requirements

Educators dissect the language in the Common Core State Standards requiring teachers to assign more nonfiction texts.

December 27, 2012

Educator: Math Teachers Need Creative License

An educator warns that the centrality of standardized tests in math—particularly vis-a-vis teacher evaluations—may reduce the flexibility teachers' need to engage students in the subject.

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