Weekend News: Training for Assessments, Pearson Style

This is an excellent blog on the MAP and its relationship to Pearson.

Source: Weekend News: Training for Assessments, Pearson Style


Tired of pro common core spoutings by authors on the payroll? So are we. Part 5.



Politico is at it again. Paid agenda at work.

Kevin Glynn writes:

“The children in this school are on iPads 75% of the day. The teacher is paid to promote Common Core. The teacher also makes the claim these standards are helping the students to become college and career ready- without a shred of evidence. The teacher also makes the bizarre claim, “Common Core has third-graders read more non-fiction and write about what they read, as opposed to writing their own stories.” Sorry, but narrative writing is (and should be) a part of the Common Core. And I truly enjoyed reading the statement about mental math, “instills important problem-solving and collaboration skills early in their education.” A statement not supported by Common Core standards because at no point in Common Core are students ever tasked with memorizing subtraction facts.

I could go on, but if these paid shills continue…

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Forbes: Is Common Core Developmentally Appropriate?

Excellent Article

Diane Ravitch's blog

Alice G. Walton has written an important article in Forbes about the controversy over Common Core. (She is a Forbes contributor with a Ph.D., no relation to the Arkansas Waltons.)

She addresses three questions? Are the standards developmentally appropriate? Is the problem with the standards caused by standardized testing, and would the standards be fine if the testing were eliminated? What is the science behind the standards?

She interviewed several eminent experts in the field of early childhood education who agreed that the standards are NOT developmentally appropriate for young children. She interviewed one of the writers of the standards, Sue Pimentel, who insisted that nothing is wrong with the standards and blames the schools for poor implementation.

But this is what the leading experts said about pushing little kids to learn more faster and earlier:

“It’s not clear exactly where the current trend – of pushing more information on…

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RCAS Middle School Youth Development Survey Requires Parental Consent

South Dakotans Against Common Core

The Rapid City School District will be conducting a survey for middle school students. Two local moms went to their school to ask to see the survey. They were able to get a few pictures of  this confidential survey. A survey the district claims if parents know the questions, they will compromise the integrity of the results. Seriously, our children can see the questions, but parents are not allowed?

These questions are measuring attitudes, beliefs, behavior and dispositions. This is not a requirement of K-12 education. Why do they need to know? And can we just tell Middle School Students how to get non-prescription drugs and what they can do.

Students will take this survey online. Chiesman Center for Democracy. There is nothing anonymous about anything done online. This survey is more than 10 pages, and here are a few of those pages.

On this page children are asked to “Rate…

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