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Does Common Core Ask Too Much of Kindergarten Readers?

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For states adopting Common Core, the standards apply to kindergarten, laying out what students should be able to do by the end of the grade.* That pressure can mean more focus on academics, at the sacrifice of play time.

Can Common Core reading tests ever be fair?

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Esteves, age 10, is a fourth-grader at Roberto Clemente Elementary School in Newark, N.J., This put the small school and its 494 students in the 8th percentile of elementary schools in the state of New Jersey. Related: Two studies find Common Core tests make the grade.

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

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Field Elementary teacher Jessica Rockhold works with Remy Campbell on a smart board in her classroom. But to expect that the Common Core – or any standards – alone will move the needle is overreaching, he said.

Closing gap for immigrant students under Common Core in Kentucky is a moving target

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As is often the case, there was singing going on in Room 2 of Kenwood Elementary one Friday afternoon. A burgeoning population in Kentucky of students who are learning English combined with the adoption of more rigorous standards means efforts like Ogbe’s are ever more important.

Less Is More: 4 Strategies To Streamline Your Curriculum

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Educators often wonder how they are going to meet all the demands of Common Core. One important point is that the standards require more depth and less breadth. Meeting these standards can be done by doing less, not more. Combine Assessment Prep Into Daily Learning.

How to boost math skills in the early grades

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Small-group math work at Prairie Oak Elementary in Berwyn North School District 98 where, two years ago, just 14 percent of third-graders were able to do grade-level math. That push for a common, connected curriculum also includes what happens before, and during, kindergarten.

How to Boost Math Skills in the Early Grades

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During the last school year, only 40 percent of fourth-graders nationwide scored at a proficient level in a nationwide math assessment. On a recent spring day, Maritza Cleary’s third-grade class at the district’s Prairie Oak Elementary School tackled math pictographs.

After years of neglect, Mississippi takes baby steps to boost school readiness

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I think we took for granted before what 4-year-olds were capable of doing,” said Quitman Lower Elementary Principal Amanda Allen, listing some skills the youngest learners are impressing her with: advanced vocabularies, number recognition, self-motivation. “It’s ?. QUITMAN, Miss. —