Common Core performance level descriptors in a simple math problem

June 26, 2013 9 Comments
Common Core performance level descriptors in a simple math problem

PARCC has published its performance level descriptors to determine who is on-track for “college and careers.” Many schools are already following this standards based assessment methodology in order to be aligned with the Common Core. Here is a simple example of how they are rating students in schools. Explain to me how a student who […]

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Liberté, égalité, fraternité?

June 24, 2013 0 Comments
Liberté, égalité, fraternité?

Supporters of Common Core (CC) claim it will make the education system of the U.S. more equitable by requiring all students be taught the same national standards and thus have equal benchmarks for educational goals. This systemization of the U.S. educational establishment will allow high standards to be implemented and thus improve the economic competitiveness […]

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Common Core advocacy research is hit and miss

June 18, 2013 0 Comments

Disclaimer; I am not a statistician. But, it doesn’t take a whole lot of IQ points to see the advocacy research used to support Common Core(CC) is all over the place and has little consistency. Take William Schmidt’s research on the alignment of CC math to those of the states and high performing countries. It […]

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Is fact checking part of journalism?

June 18, 2013 0 Comments

Anyone out there remember our rally on April 24th when hundreds of people hand delivered a letter to Governor Pence pleading with him to stop Common Core? It was a letter signed by close to a thousand people within 4 days and supported by 58 Indiana organizations and several national groups.  You don’t recall it? […]

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Don’t diss the standard algorithm

June 18, 2013 0 Comments

W. Stephen Wilson, professor of mathematics and education at Johns Hopkins University and Alice Crary, associate professor of philosophy at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College published a piece defending traditional mathematics. It puts the argument into laymen terms and is a must read for all concerned with Common Core math […]

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