Common Core State Standards

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    Ten years later, what does the evidence say about Common Core?

    About a decade ago few topics generated more heat than Common Core Standards. The standards, developed by an obscure group of state education officers and embraced by the Obama Administration were sold on the promise of improved academic instruction and educational outcomes. Critics complained the standards were flawed and were…
    Bob Luebke, August 25, 2021
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    Did NC ditch Common Core? Nope.

    Amber Northern and Michael Petrilli of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute argue that North Carolina’s mathematics standards are weak because the state “ditched Common Core.” This is not true. North Carolina reviewed and revised the Common Core math standards, which were adopted by the N.C. State Board of…
    Terry Stoops, September 10, 2018
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    Tillman makes the right call on math changes

    Today, the NC Senate’s Education/Higher Education Committee considered changes to high school math. Before the state adopted Common Core math standards in 2010, high schools offered the standard Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II sequence.  Eventually, schools implemented an integrated math approach, reorganizing the topics in the three courses…
    Terry Stoops, June 8, 2016
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    High school math standard time crunch

    I am pleased that the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and NC State Board of Education (SBE) are considering changes to the high school math standards.   Although far from ideal, the proposed changes to sequencing and addition of clarifying language would align with the work of the Academic…
    Terry Stoops, May 5, 2016
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    Commission urges departure from Common Core

    The North Carolina Academic Standards Review Commission published their draft Report of Findings and Recommendations (PDF).  The commission will vote on the report later today and deliver it to the NC State Board of Education for their consideration. English Language Arts The commission recommends that the…
    Terry Stoops, December 18, 2015
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    Kentucky’s Issues With Standards – What NC Can Learn

    Last month, the NC Academic Standards Review Commission heard a presentation from Rebecca Blessing, Communications Director and  Kentucky Core Academic Standards Product Manager, Kentucky Department of Education. Kentucky implemented Common Core Standards one year before North Carolina. The report she presented to our Commission dealt with the “Kentucky Core…
    Lindalyn Kakadelis, March 6, 2015
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    Common Core math?

    Wake County School’s Effective Teaching Framework Community website shows one major hindrance to effective teaching – addition.  …
    Terry Stoops, February 11, 2015
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    Chinese Immigrant Against Common Core

    This article from FreedomWorks is an interesting perspective on Common Core and freedom generally.  Here is an excerpt: We all truly believed in Mao and Communism because we were completely indoctrinated and did not have any other information. We had nationalized curriculum and tests, one of the subjects we…
    Terry Stoops, October 9, 2014