Panelists will be speaking on Tuesday December 1st, 2015 @ 7:00PM at SUNY New Paltz Coykendall Science Building Auditorium.
Massachusetts, a state considered a leader in education reform, decided last week to reject student tests based on federal Common Core standards--tests still used in many other states. Instead, the state will develop its own exams to measure student progress. New York Times reporter Kate Zernike joins Alison Stewart with more.
FULL LENGTH VIDEO with MARYELLEN ELIA, NY COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION. Capitol Region, Crossings of Colonie, NY. 11/6/15
By KESHIA CLUKEY 7:50 p.m. | Nov. 3, 2015
ALBANY — Abrupt meeting notices and inconvenient timing for parents and teachers could hamper Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Common Core task force as it attempts to gather information about the controversial standards, education advocates say. click here for full article Politico New York
By MOTOKO RICH OCT. 28, 2015
For the first time since 1990, the mathematical skills of American students have dropped, according to results of a nationwide test released by the Education Department on Wednesday.
The decline appeared in both Grades 4 and 8 in an exam administered every two years as the National Assessment of Educational Progress and sometimes called “the nation’s report card.”
The dip in scores comes as the country’s employers demand workers with ever-stronger skills in mathematics to compete in a global economy. It also comes as states grapple with the new Common Core academic standards and a rebellion against them. click here for full article Via The New York Times:
BY JENNIFER PREISSEL IN NEWS ON OCT 8, 2015 2:24 PM
Last month, 240,000 students and their teachers returned to the corridors of New York City’s 500 public high schools. Gothamist sat down with teachers at different stages of their careers—some entering service, some with a few years under their belt, and a couple of vets. We talked about why they chose to teach, how they feel about the government's education policy and their thoughts on the charter system and the United Federation of Teachers. We wanted to know: are the teachers all right? follow the link for full article: Via Gothamist
A national leader in the 'opt out' movement appeared at an education forum last night at the Niagara Falls High School. Carol Burris is an award winning retired principal from a Long Island School who now serves as the Executive Director of theNetwork for Public Education Foundation. Burris appeared in our studio's to discuss her mission with WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley as she speaks out against Common Core and standardized testing. click here for full article: Via WBFO 88.7
Forget the Common Core, Finland’s youngsters are in charge of determining what happens in the classroom.
“The changes to kindergarten make me sick,” a veteran teacher in Arkansas recently admitted to me. “Think about what you did in first grade—that’s what my 5-year-old babies are expected to do.”
The difference between first grade and kindergarten may not seem like much, but what I remember about my first-grade experience in the mid-90s doesn’t match the kindergarten she described in her email: three and a half hours of daily literacy instruction, an hour and a half of daily math instruction, 20 minutes of daily “physical activity time” (officially banned from being called “recess”) and two 56-question standardized tests in literacy and math—on the fourth week of school. follow the link for full article: Via The Atlantic
Joseph Spector Albany Bureau Chief5:30 p.m. EDT September 28, 2015
ALBANY – Union leaders, school-board officials, teachers and state leaders will among those serving on a task force aimed to finds ways to improve the controversial Common Core education standards in New York.
And they will be aiming to cut down on the testing.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged to install the task force amid growing criticism of the tougher tests for students spurred by the national movement toward higher standards. The tests have also been used to install new teacher evaluations in New York, which has led to its own round of protests by teachers, parents and educators. click here for full article: Via Poughkeepsie Journal