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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.* There’s a wide age range for learning to read,” said Nancy Carlsson-Paige on KQED’s Forum program. ” “Most five-year-old children are not really ready to learn to read,” Carlsson-Paige said. That pressure can mean more focus on academics, at the sacrifice of play time.

Can Common Core reading tests ever be fair?

The Hechinger Report

Esteves, age 10, is a fourth-grader at Roberto Clemente Elementary School in Newark, N.J., In last year’s statewide Common Core-related PARCC test, just 24 percent of the students at Esteves’ school met grade-level expectations in reading and writing, a category called English language arts and literacy. This put the small school and its 494 students in the 8th percentile of elementary schools in the state of New Jersey. Everybody gets tested on the same standards.

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

The Hechinger Report

Field Elementary teacher Jessica Rockhold works with Remy Campbell on a smart board in her classroom. 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. They want to take ownership in their learning,” he said.

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

The Hechinger Report

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. Strong language skills are key as part of the state’s Common Core standards.

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. In this post, we’ll look at three effective ways to do this: integrating curriculum, combining test prep into daily learning, and cutting topics. First, let’s look at what the standards mean by more “depth.”

How play is making a comeback in Kindergarten

The Hechinger Report

Students have at least 40 minutes a day to play during what’s called “Play to Learn” time. Heated floors invite the children to play and rest on the ground and multiple play areas both inside and outside the school offer kids opportunities to learn and burn off energy.

Teachers' Essential Guide to Seesaw

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Read on to find answers to teachers' most commonly asked questions about the platform, in addition to information on how you can use Seesaw with your students. Also, be sure to check out our tips video for parents , as well as our detailed review of Seesaw's potential for learning.

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

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One of these deals made for splashy headlines: Dreambox Learning’s $130 million investment from The Rise Fund. Reasoning Mind , a Houston-based nonprofit, was acquired by Imagine Learning. 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.

PARCC Results for DC Show College-Readiness Concerns

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only 10% of public school students who took a new standardized Geometry test and 25% of those who took a new English test met proficiency standards deeming them ready for college after graduation. The scores show how students in the area are performing on the new Common Core academic standards , implemented in an effort to increase the amount and depth of material students learn across the nation.

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. In a district where almost 30 percent of the students are learning English, these goals have meant a radical change in how math is taught in the early grades.

Clinton looks to move Democrats away from ‘Education Wars’

The Hechinger Report

At a July meeting in Orlando, Florida to write the party’s platform, delegates appointed by Clinton’s main rival in the primaries, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, pushed through a slew of amendments to the original draft, which together represent a sharp turn away from the policies of the Obama administration which used federal funding to push states to raise academic standards and to tie test scores to teacher evaluations.

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

The Hechinger Report

What started as a treasure hunt had become a logic game in Quitman’s state-funded pre-K classroom, a free early learning experience that’s only recently become available to a small number of students in Mississippi. That’s why the kind of early learning experiences the twenty 4-year-olds are getting in Ruth Shows’ classroom on a daily basis hold so much promise for educators and parents, who are already seeing how far children have come since the start of the school year. “I