Strauss: Mom to Common Core task force: Take the 4th-grade PARCC practice test. I dare you to tell me it makes sense.
Sarah Blaine is a mother, former teacher and full-time practicing attorney in New Jersey who became a public education activist after watching what was happening in her daughter’s school during the controversial implementation of the Common Core State Standards and aligned standardized testing. In the following piece she challenges members of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s task force on PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, one of the two multi-state consortia designing new Common Core standardized tests with $360 million in federal funds) to take a Common Core test and see if it seems like an appropriate task for children. This post first appeared on her Parenting the Core blog. Blaine, who gave me permission to republish this letter, has written several popular posts, including “Pearson’s wrong answer—and why it matters in the high-stakes testing era” and “You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong.”Read full article >>
For the second year in a row, Maryland education leaders announced the state’s students were offered more than $1 billion in college scholarships.
But such breathtaking numbers don’t give the full picture. They often include numerous scholarship offers from colleges that students apply to but don’t attend and can’t use. It’s unclear how much of the billion-dollar total translates into funding that eases college costs.Read full article >>