It’s like falling on a bruise. Nearly every time I am asked to review a new curriculum or a reading program, I am struck by how very little great literature and literary nonfiction are included. The phenomenon is not limited to English language arts; even history curricula should be filled with rich literary nonfiction (narrative history, essays, biographies, primary source accounts of events) and often isn’t. Happily, Common Core’s Alexandria Plan for grades K-5 enables the teaching of U.S. and world […]
The SAT has been revised twice in modern memory – in 1994 and in 2005 – and both left educators, parents, and students shaking their heads. So it is with some skepticism that we read up last week on the College Board’s newest changes to the infamous test and learned that, this time, the SAT may very well be coming down on the right side of history.
With its recent announcement, the College Board shows it has been listening to over a decade of criticism […]
When do you know you really understand something? One test is to see if you can explain it to someone else—well enough that they understand it. Common Core Inc.’s teachers and scholars have written math curriculum for New York students and teachers that routinely requires students to “turn and talk” and explain the math they learned to their peers.
That is because the goal of the curriculum on EngageNY is to produce students who are not merely literate, but fluent, in mathematics. […]
A new study has found startling gaps in the civic knowledge of recent American college graduates. Perhaps the most shocking revelation is that 80% of the recent college graduates surveyed could not correctly identify James Madison as the “Father of the Constitution” and 50% erroneously believed that Thomas Jefferson, instead, wrote this historical document. At Common Core, we were disappointed that college graduates lacked basic content knowledge that should be learned in high school, or in even earlier grades.
The thoughtful conversation found in Rick Hess's interview with Student Achievement's Jason Zimba about the challenges of CCSS implementation is a welcome reprieve from the noise generated by CCSS critics lately. The idea that the CCSS do not allow you to get to Algebra in 8th grade, or to teach great literature in EVERY grade, is ludicrous. I know this because my organization, Common Core, has created extensive curriculum materials based on both the ELA and mathematics standards. […]