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Test Prep Questions Raise Concerns On Eve of Math Tests

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Comedian Louis C.K. vented on Twitter this week about the prep questions his kids had ahead of the state math tests. Other NYC parents said they're also confused by the new Common Core-aligned math tests third through eighth grade students are taking this week.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Common Core, Testing, UPK

Friday, April 25, 2014

As applications are sorted, what are the logistical challenges for staffing, finding space, and evaluating the impact of universal Pre-K? Beth Fertig, contributing editor for education at WNYC and Schoolbook.org, reports on the behind-the-scenes work at the Department of Education, plus what teachers told her about testing and common core.

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Gabfest Radio

Between Two Texans Edition

Friday, April 25, 2014

The Gabfest panelists have much to talk about this week: Common Core standards, a new sci-fi film starring Scarlett Johansson, the death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and more.

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Schoolbook

Teachers Sound Off on State English Tests

Monday, April 21, 2014

Some city educators object to the New York's recent English exams for grades 3-8, but that doesn't mean they're opposed to higher standards.

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Schoolbook

New Group Defends Common Core

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Common Core has come under intense criticism lately. Enter a new group that wants to sway public opinion in support of the tougher learning standards.

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Schoolbook

Teachers Weigh In, Mostly Against, State English Tests

Friday, April 04, 2014

A small but vocal number of teachers is claiming this year's New York State Common Core English tests were once again obscure and too difficult for students in grades three through eight.

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Schoolbook

Five Education Budget Items You May Have Missed But Need to Know

Thursday, April 03, 2014

There are so many new rules and initiatives tucked into the 2014-15 state budget it's easy to miss some. Here are five education issues we're keeping an eye on.

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The Takeaway

Common Core Exams Push Some Parents to Opt-Out

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

A growing number of parents and activists are convinced high-profile tests aren't accurate markers of a child's achievement, and many are choosing to "opt-out" by boycotting tests aligned to the new Common Core standards.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Don't Freak Out, Parents of Test-Takers

Monday, March 31, 2014

Yes, statewide testing for grades 3-8 starts tomorrow. But no, it's not the end of the world. Here's some good news about the future of mind-numbing test prep and the state of the opt-out movement.

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The Takeaway

Classroom Views: Common Core Comes to Tampa

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

All this week, The Takeaway is getting a close-up look at classrooms around the U.S. Today, we head to Monroe Middle School in Tampa, FL. Like many schools around the country, Monroe is adopting the curriculum called Common Core—a shift to a more structured, discussion, and logic-oriented approach to teaching writing and math. John O’Connor covers education for StateImpact Florida and WUSF in Tampa. He says that the Common Core seems to be a good fit for Monroe.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Governors for Common Core

Thursday, March 13, 2014

With the switch to Common Core standards under attack in New York, Governor Jack Markell of Delaware and former Governor Jim Douglas of Vermont are among several governors who want to speak up in support of the national standards.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Harlem Blast; Govs for Common Core; Tesla Troubles in NJ; American Africans

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The latest on the massive gas explosions in Harlem, which leveled two buildings and killed seven (as of 8:30am Thursday). Plus: Delaware Governor Jack Markell speaks out in support of the Common Core as the national standards are questioned in New York and other states. Plus: The electric car company Tesla is contesting a new rule in New Jersey that bans car companies from selling cars directly to consumers; author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on her novel Americanah, which is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award; and tech investor Ben Horowitz shares lessons he learned about making tough decisions while running a new business.

Schoolbook

Regents Reverse Course, Pull Teacher Protections from Common Core Changes

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The state Board of Regents at the last minute reversed course and decided not to hold a final vote on some changes to weaken implementation of the Common Core standards in New York.

The Regents were set to vote to delay the effects of Common Core on high school seniors ...

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Schoolbook

Pressure Mounting to Halt Evaluations Tied to Common Core

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Getting blow-back from their constituents and teachers unions, state lawmakers are calling for a moratorium on any high-stakes decisions based on the new Common Core learning standards.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Defending Common Core

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Merryl Tisch, chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, talks about the continued rollout of Common Core standards as she and State Education Commissioner John King hold forums to hear parents' concerns.

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Schoolbook

Friendly Jousting Over Bloomberg's Legacy on Testing

Monday, November 25, 2013

City Council members and the schools chancellor put down their swords during their final encounter Monday, amicably agreeing to disagree on the role of testing in the city schools. 

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Schoolbook

New York Makes State Tests Shorter

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

After hearing that the state tests for third through eighth graders were too long, officials said they would shorten them. At least a little bit.

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Schoolbook

Senators Hear Complaints About Common Core

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

At a Senate hearing on the state’s new Common Core educational standards, teachers, principals and Senators themselves complained that the implementation has been dysfunctional.

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Schoolbook

Officials Insist New Teacher Rating System Does Not Mean More Testing

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Two top state education officials talk to SchoolBook about the misunderstandings around testing and whether the new teacher evaluation system will add to what already feels like a testing overload to many educators. Listen to the Q&A for some clarity.

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Schoolbook

At Hearing, Regents Chancellor Defends Pace of Ed Reforms

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch defended the state's commitment to raising standards, despite what she called "a lot of upheaval" as parents and teachers get used to tougher exams and a new curriculum. But in a rare show of unity, the city's Chief Academic Officer and the president of the teachers union took issue with giving "bubble tests" to children as young as kindergarten in order to evaluate teachers.

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