2016’s Remaining Presidential Candidates and the Common Core

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Since the Common Core State Standard Initiative — more commonly known simply as Common Core — was first started in 2010, it has been a contentious topic for many people, from parents to politicians. The Common Core sets specific academic standards in mathematics and English for students to meet in each grade, with the goal […].

OPINION: How top charter schools became an ‘afterthought’ in one state

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In 1993, Massachusetts enacted a bipartisan education reform law that gave schools a massive infusion of state money in return for high academic standards and accountability. Academic standards were the next to go. history standards as well.

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New report underscores education problems in institutions for foster youth

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The internal report, first obtained by The Hechinger Report/HuffPost, cites “lack of academic rigor and linkage to academic standards” and says that education in these institutions is a “missed opportunity” for students. Children in institutions in Pennsylvania were physically maltreated at least 156 times over an eight-year period beginning in May 2010, including 114 times by staff, according to a review of publicly available data.

Sphero Makes a Big Acquisition in littleBits to Bring Hands-On STEAM Learning to Life

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Additionally, Sphero says it has more than a thousand lessons and activities that are aligned to Common Core and other state academic standards for math and computer science. Sphero has received just north of $120 million since its start in 2010; littleBits, founded a year later, has secured $62 million. When Sphero laid off 45 employees in early 2018, the Boulder, Co.-based

Play Is Disappearing From Kindergarten. It’s Hurting Kids.

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The New Kindergarten In an increasing number of schools , teachers of very young students are pressured to pack every moment of the day with structured, academically rigorous tasks. Yet all this focus on academics may not matter much in the long run.

Twelve Years Later: What’s Really Changed in the K-12 Sector? (Part 1)

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acquired Wireless Generation in 2010, then made ambitious bets on devices, curriculum, and games. But poorly integrated standards, curriculum, assessment, and intervention materials have always been a problem. As principals do classroom walkthroughs, they look for specific instruction based in the curriculum, rather than an academic standard dutifully written on the chalkboard but ignored.

New Texas Textbooks Appear to Minimize Slavery as Civil War Issue

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Public school students in Texas will be using a new textbook for their social studies class when they begin school again in the fall — and the controversial contents of the text will be based on state academic standards that skirt the issue of racial segregation and leave out information about the Ku Klux Klan and Jim Crow laws. In 2010, members of the state board of education revised the state’s social studies standards to adjust for what they called a liberal slant.

Ohio shutting down its clearinghouse for online lessons

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That has been the value of the clearinghouse, he said; not only pointing teachers and others toward online lessons to fit state academic standards, but providing an Ohio-specific seal of approval. “We From July 2010 through June 2014, Ohio State received a total of $1 million per year to run the program; in the 2014-15 fiscal year, funding dropped to $500,000. State funding is gone and no longer supports the web resource for teachers to locate high-quality online lessons.

How play is making a comeback in Kindergarten

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As kindergarten has become more widely available in the last several decades, it’s also become more academic. In some districts, full-day kindergarten schedules are packed with back-to-back academic activities and lessons.

MasteryConnect Cuts 30 Percent of Staff, Brings Co-Founder Mick Hewitt Back as CEO

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MasteryConnect aims to help teachers plan lessons and track how students perform against academic standards. Between 2010 to 2015, venture capitalists poured $2.3 Big capital helps startups grow quickly. But when funding dries up and profits remain elusive, companies have to make tough cuts. Those were among the decisions that Salt Lake City-based MasteryConnect recently made as its management and board slashed an estimated 30 percent of the staff.

After Layoffs, Math Curriculum Developer Reasoning Mind Sells to Weld North Education

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curriculum market shifted towards purchasing materials aligned materials to Common Core and state academic standards, the organization began building new offerings based on these U.S. standards. Founded by former Kaplan executive Jonathan Grayer, Weld North has purchased 16 companies since 2010. This week, two online math instructional developers found themselves in the crosshairs of private equity firms.

The Benefit Of Making The Curricular More Like The Extracurricular

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Even in today’s age of standardized testing and emphasis on academic standards, perhaps even because of this recent emphasis, educators are increasingly aware of the need to nurture students’ complete development. Too often, schools seem to rely on extra-curricular activities and afterschool programs to meet students’ needs for physical health, extra academic challenge and engagement, and more meaningful connections with adults.

Charters felt pressured to promise miraculous progress — but none met the targets

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About one-third of applications were either unavailable for review or failed to include clear numerical academic goals. 10 Percent — Yearly increase in the percent of students achieving basic scores on state tests required by No Child Left Behind Act in 2010. Shahan said that it became even harder for charters to reach their projected scores when the state stiffened its academic standards, creating more difficult versions of the state test starting in 2013.

“It’s unfair” special education students lag behind under Common Core in Kentucky

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Since Kentucky became the first state to adopt the Common Core in 2010, the achievement gap between students with disabilities and their nondisabled peers has widened slightly – despite sweeping expectations the more rigorous standards would help eliminate disparities in academic performance. But to expect that the Common Core – or any standards – alone will move the needle is overreaching, he said.

This STEM-focused district hands out paychecks along with report cards

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Teachers push [academic] standards into these projects,” and schools don’t “want projects where kids are just an extra set of hands.”. million in 2010) and a Race to the Top grant ($16.6 A robot built by students to research endangered frogs in Lake Titicaca, in Peru, being tested in June, 2016, by Lindsey Hamblin (left), then a Skyline High School senior, and Callie Meyers, then a Skyline junior. Photo: Courtesy of Jeffrey Sylvester. LONGMONT, Colo. —

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How State Reform in New Hampshire Led to Teacher Autonomy

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Two recent state initiatives are defining a set of non academic work habits that contribute to student success , and developing a statewide performance-based assessment system. Then in 2010, after two years of research, Sanborn implemented a district-wide shift. Within the first five years of the transition, Sanborn schools also built a competency-based curriculum and performance-based assessments based on those standards.

‘They just saw me as a dollar sign’: How some certificate schools profit from vulnerable students

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Back then, in 2010, she was 22 and her plan was to find a good job and move out of that small three-bedroom house in Hudson, Massachusetts. The suit also alleged that Premier had misled potential students about job placement rates and pressured staff to “renounce all academic standards.”. But some accrediting agencies are less stringent than others about enforcing standards. .

How to boost math skills in the early grades

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Although Illinois adopted Common Core standards in 2010, Berwyn North, a kindergarten through eighth-grade district with 3,084 students , had not yet incorporated the standards when Ayala and her new assistant superintendent, Amy Zaher, were hired in 2012. One way the district is applying this standard is via “number talks,” a math practice that encourages students to discuss and critique math solutions, helping kids develop into flexible and creative mathematical thinkers.

A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined

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that include rigorous, robust, and well-rounded curriculum aligned with college- and career-ready standards (as defined in this document) that cover a wide range of academic and technical knowledge and skills to ensure that students leave high school ready for college and careers. College- and career-ready standards. Information about how digital learning content assesses, teaches, and depends on (requires) common content standards such as State academic standards.

How to Boost Math Skills in the Early Grades

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Although Illinois adopted Common Core standards in 2010, Berwyn North, a kindergarten through eighth-grade district with 3,084 students , had not yet incorporated the standards when Ayala and her new assistant superintendent, Amy Zaher, were hired in 2012. One way the district is applying this standard is via “number talks,” a math practice that encourages students to discuss and critique math solutions, helping kids develop into flexible and creative mathematical thinkers.

How would Betsy DeVos impact education in Mississippi?

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On her website, DeVos states that she is “not a supporter—period” of the nationwide math and English language arts standards, which Mississippi adopted in 2010. However, in responses to questions from Washington Senator Patty Murray, DeVos said that she would adhere to the Every Student Succeeds Act, which prohibits the Secretary of Education from “interfering with decisions concerning the academic standards states choose to adopt.” K-12 News Politics standards