Common Core

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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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    Why Common Core ignored cursive writing and North Carolina didn’t

    In 2013, the N.C. General Assembly passed legislation that required teachers to teach cursive handwriting to elementary school students.  Since then, other states have followed suit. But cursive writing is not part of the Common Core State Standards, which North Carolina adopted in 2010 and revised this year.  Thanks…
    Terry Stoops, December 19, 2017
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    The frustration of “explaining” an answer on a math test

    This page is from a first-grade math test administered in a North Carolina public school.  At first, it may prompt a chuckle and a thumbs-up for a kiddo who has already learned what it means to “stick it to the man.” But think of how frustrating it must be for…
    Terry Stoops, July 20, 2017
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    Public comment for math standards ends soon

    Currently, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction has been revising the education standards for the state and are seeking public comment on the proposed K-8 math standards. The public comment period ends on April 20. As others have pointed out, these standards tweak the flawed Common Core math…
    Terry Stoops, April 17, 2017
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    Dems: most want local control, Common Core unpopular

    The following is a marvelous email from the WikiLeaks release of U.S. Democratic National Committee emails: (Click below for larger image.) The Democrats are right! Common Core is so unpopular that it is a political liability and “most people” want local control of education.  …
    Terry Stoops, July 25, 2016
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    Federal highlights on Education

    House Committee Approves ESEA Re-authorization; White House Responds Last week, the House Education and the Workforce Committee voted along party lines (21-16) to advance the Student Success Act (HR 5) to reauthorize and replace No Child Left Behind. The measure would dramatically reduce the role of the…
    Sarah Curry, February 18, 2015
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    Majority of Americans Favor Local Control of Public Schools

    Yesterday, the 46th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools was released and the findings confirm Americans want Local School Boards to have the authority.  When asked to reflect on who should have the greatest influence on what is taught in the public schools, Americans…
    Lindalyn Kakadelis, August 21, 2014
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    Rep. Tim Moore files July 25 sine die resolution

    Rep. Tim Moore Is there light at the end of the tunnel? Maybe. Rep. Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, and chairman of the House Rules Committee has filed a July 25 sine die resolution. That, the approval of a Common Core repeal bill acceptable to Gov.
    Barry Smith, July 16, 2014