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May 11, 2011

PARCC Chair Chester on the Anti-Common Core Manifesto

The other day, I expressed the hope that Monday's hard-hitting anti-Common Core manifesto would prompt the Common Core-ites to elevate their game and start to more seriously address concerns about their efforts. I hoped that proponents would stop regarding the Common Core as something that "right-th...

May 09, 2011

Common Core: Now It Gets Interesting

A few months back, I noted that the impressive early success of the Common Core effort risked breeding overconfidence, complacency, and inattention to how the effort would play out in practice. I warned that many who signed onto common assessments might be alienated by an effort that pushed too far...

April 05, 2011

Can the Common Core Coalition Keep Its Finlandophiles in Check?

It's a good thing that David Coleman and Gene Wilhoit are gentlemen, because otherwise they'd be sorely tempted right about now to crack open some Rahm Emanuel-esque whoop-ass on their putative friends and allies in the Common Core effort. In a virtuoso display, a coalition of states led by folks...

February 18, 2011

Common Core vs. Charter Schooling?!! Waving That Yellow Flag

Yesterday, I noted a few worrisome signs that the Common Core effort is moving forward with a lack of attention to how it may clash with other practical considerations or improvement strategies. The risk here is aggravated by the fact that the Common Core effort has now largely been handed off to s...

February 17, 2011

Is Common Core Running Off the Rails Already? Waving the Caution Flag

Like I've said before, I've mixed feelings on the whole Common Core enterprise--largely because I find it easy to envision scenarios where it fails in ways that undermine promising improvement efforts. But the effort also has real promise, which is why I trust my friends on the Common Core train wi...

July 27, 2010

Should Conservatives Cuddle Up to the Common Core? My Take on the Finn-Petrilli v. Greene Debate

During the past week, my pals Checker Finn, Mike Petrilli, and Jay Greene have been sparring over the question of whether conservatives ought to embrace the Common Core standards. Petrilli and Finn have argued in a thoughtful National Review Online column that No Child Left Behind fueled an explosi...

March 12, 2010

Common Standards: Questions About the Road Ahead

This week, the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers released the draft English Language Arts (ELA) and math standards they've developed in their Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI). I don't have much to say on the standards themselves, though I ...

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