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Parents Issue Cry for Help with Common Core Math Homework

Monday, January 05, 2015

As Common Core math has become a punchline for comedians like Louis C.K., New York City parents who want to help their kids with homework are desperately seeking guidance.
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Five Things You Need to Know About NYC Scores on State Tests

Friday, August 15, 2014

The city showed more gains than other school districts in the state because it started training teachers and principals early on the Common Core standards, plus 4 other takeaways.
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Modeling Instruction: Where Students Invent Science Lessons

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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Science teachers learned how to let students run their own experiments to better grasp scientific concepts. As one teacher said, physics happens all around us. It's just a matter of getting students to see it.

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Gates Foundation: Wait to Tie Student Performance to High-Stakes Decisions

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the Common Core's most prominent supporters, has called for more time before student test scores are tied to high-stakes decisions for students and teachers.

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New Head of StateTeachers Union Seeks Greater Political Clout

Monday, April 07, 2014

There’s a big change in New York's largest teacher’s union. This weekend NYSUT members elected Karen Magee as president after months of unrest over the state’s flawed roll-out of the Common Core learning standards. 

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After Last Year's Big Drop in State Testing Scores, Hopeful for Modest Gains

Monday, March 24, 2014

The second year of state tests aligned to the Common Core learning standards begin next week. State education officials emphasize that progress will come slowly.

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Education Leaders Nix Controversial Proposal, For Now

Monday, February 10, 2014

The New York Board of Regents tabled one of their proposals to adjust implementation of the Common Core a day after Gov. Andrew Cuomo assailed the changes, accusing the education commissioner and Regents members of undermining the new teacher evaluation system under the guise of reforms.

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Cuomo's Education Vision, In Dollars

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

In his budget address Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo highlighted education priorities for the next fiscal year, including universal pre-kindergarten, merit pay for teachers and amending the "flawed" implementation of the Common Core learning standards.

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AG: Pearson Foundation Misused Funds

Friday, December 13, 2013

The foundation arm of the education publishing giant Pearson will pay $7.7 million after the New York attorney general's office accused the non-profit group of developing for-profit products aligned to the Common Core.

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Common Core Supporters Speak Out

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

At a Brooklyn forum organized by the New York Education Department, parent after parent praised Common Core for helping to equalize educational opportunities for students in poorer neighborhoods by raising expectations for its teachers and students.

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King's Forums Come to NYC

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Starting Tuesday, the New York Education Department will hold a series of community forums around the city on the Common Core learning standards. If previous events in other parts of the state are any indication, the forums will bring out parents and educators angered by the rollout of the standards and state tests.

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A Teacher’s View: We Need the Reforms

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A teacher who supports recent reforms in the schools speaks out, and takes on the claims of the opposition. "It turns out that much of the rhetoric against the Common Core standards is just that: rhetoric," he says. "Their claims have been repeatedly debunked, but they continue to crop up, reminding us that, to paraphrase Mark Twain, a lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting its shoes on."

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State Looking to Reduce Number of Tests

Friday, October 25, 2013

Under pressure to relieve schools of testing overload, New York's top education official said he would eliminate one test for some 8th graders and look to cut more so that teachers can focus on teaching, not test prep.

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Ravitch Criticizes Testing, Charters

Monday, September 23, 2013

On WNYC's Brian Lehrer show, education historian Diane Ravitch came out swinging against the new Common Core learning standards, charter schools and what she called Mayor Michael Bloomberg's "academic apartheid." Listen to the full interview.

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Will the Common Core Widen the Digital Divide?

Thursday, September 12, 2013

A teacher who trains other teachers on using new media in the classroom says he's concerned the confluence of the Common Core learning standards and a new system for evaluating teachers will widen the digital divide, in effect guaranteeing rudimentary use of new media to drill students on upcoming tests.

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Teachers Return for New School Year

Monday, September 02, 2013

New York City's approximately 75,000 teachers officially go back to work on Tuesday. And while there are big, new initiatives every year, the 2013-2014 school year comes with at least a couple of fundamental changes for school staff. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Chancellor Walcott on New Test Scores, Small Schools Study

Monday, August 26, 2013

This week, parents will get the results of their child's new common core standardized tests this week. NYC schools chancellor Dennis Walcott and chief academic officer Shael Polakow-Suransky talk about how to interpret the (probably lower) scores. Plus, a new study from MRDC found gains in graduation rates from the "small schools" strategy favored by Mayor Bloomberg.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Common Core and Test Scores

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Merryl Tisch, chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, talks about the shockingly low standardized test scores for the new Common Core focus and how those scores should be interpreted.

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Common Core Training Kicks Off for Teachers

Thursday, August 08, 2013

At the same time that city teachers are absorbing the results of state test scores, they are also receiving training on brand new curriculum materials that, some teachers say, would have been quite useful in the classroom prior to the assessments.

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Open Phones: Should We Still Teach Cursive Handwriting to Kids?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Cursive handwriting is less common nowadays, and the requirement to teach it has even been removed from the Common Core Standards for public education. Should we still teach cursive handwriting to kids? Does it provide a benefit for children, even though most written communication nowadays is electronic? Teachers, call us at 212-433-9692 or leave a comment here. 

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