Why does Common Core mandate fuzzy math?

June 10, 2013 19 Comments
Why does Common Core mandate fuzzy math?

Below are the standards for multiplication and division for fourth, fifth and sixth grade under Common Core. While the Common Core tests, like New York’s, require students to be able to do multi digit multiplication and division in fourth grade, the Common Core standards do not require the mastery of the standard algorithm until later. This […]

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Does Smarter Balance test IQ?

June 9, 2013 1 Comment
Does Smarter Balance test IQ?

After taking the Smarter Balance fourth grade on-line sample test for math, I was curious about what the test was testing. I know, “Enough of the tinfoil hats!” However, the following example shows that the only way to answer this test item correctly for full points was to have been taught a certain method  or […]

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NY students, it’s not you, it’s them

June 8, 2013 0 Comments
NY students, it’s not you, it’s them

How do Common Core (CC) test makers think a fourth grader would be able to solve this problem in the way the answer key provides? For example, they expect the student to write an equation: 32+4x=240. Really? IF, a child could write this equation from reading the problem after fourth grade CC textbooks, I would […]

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Common Core – The Big Picture

June 6, 2013 0 Comments

The following article was written by Ann Marie Banfield, an education activist in New Hampshire, and first appeared in the BedfordPatch.  It provides a much needed overview of the big picture surrounding Common Core and the RADICAL restructuring of America’s  schools: We keep hearing that  the “Common Core Standards Initiative” is FAR more than JUST […]

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Remove the gag order, free teachers!

June 4, 2013 12 Comments
Remove the gag order, free teachers!

Some on the left feel like they aren’t as effective as the right in fighting the Common Core Conflict. My belief, is that their most powerful weapon has the safety stuck on and it isn’t firing. Unfortunately, the safety is stuck pretty tight and it’s going to be hard to free it. Many think parents […]

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