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October 14, 2016

E.D. Hirsch on Why Text Complexity Is a 'Myth' (Audio Interview)

In these audio clips, the author and retired professor discusses how background knowledge affects reading comprehension, why he thinks the common core's focus on reading complex texts is useless, and what education policymakers can learn from France.

October 10, 2016

Why Don't the Common-Core Standards Include Cursive Writing?

In a recent interview, one of the lead writers of the reading standards explained that the decision was about priorities—and that learning to use technology took precedence. But what does the research say?

October 06, 2016

Teachers Review 'Promising' Digital Tools for English/Language Arts Instruction

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute is publishing reviews, written by teachers, of free and low-cost digital tools that can supplement classroom curricula.

September 15, 2016

Video: Education Week Explains the Common Core State Standards

You can now watch our short video explainer about what the common core is ... and what it's not.

September 01, 2016

Should Students Explain Their Thinking? Not Always, Research Says

When students explain incorrect thinking they could very well be cementing their own misunderstandings, according to a recent literature review.

August 30, 2016

Common-Core Reading Materials Get Mixed Results in First Major Review

After analyzing dozens of K-12 math textbooks—and determining that most of the major publishers were selling subpar common-core products—the curriculum review group EdReports.org has moved on to English/language arts materials.

August 23, 2016

Support for Common Core Continues to Decline, Poll Says

The percentage of the general public who say they support the Common Core State Standards dropped from 49 to 42 percent over the last year, according to a new poll. But some of that may be a branding problem.

August 10, 2016

Who Will Run PARCC and How?

Responses to PARCC's "request for information" reflect a lot of soul-searching about how PARCC will survive, and in what form.

August 09, 2016

Looking Back: Backlash to Changing Math Instruction Not Unique to Common Core

A complaint about New Math from 1972 calls to mind many of the critiques heard over the last few years about the common core.

July 06, 2016

Should Teachers Still Be Using 'Just Right' Books?

Literacy expert Timothy Shanahan says the idea that students should mainly read texts at their "instructional level" simply isn't backed by research.

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