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The Reaction to My National Affairs Essay on the Common Core

September 29, 2014 at 9:57 am

Last week, National Affairs published my extended essay on the state of the Common Core. The piece, "How the Common Core Went Wrong," explains why I think the enterprise has gone off the rails and how advocates can get it back on track. If interested, you can check the essay out here.

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Broadening the Discussion of Good Schooling

September 25, 2014 at 9:49 am

You all know that I frequently lament the way that discussion of schooling has increasingly become a matter of reading and math scores. I'm not anti-testing and I do think that reading and math scores convey a lot of useful information. But I'm troubled by how completely reading and math scores have become a proxy for school quality, teacher performance, and student learning. When I say things like this, though, one of the responses I inevitably get is, "Well, what else do you want us to look at?"

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Howard Fuller's No Struggle, No Progress

September 22, 2014 at 9:16 am

There are a lot of people I like in the world of education. There are a few that I really trust. And, for better or worse, there is hardly anyone who inspires or impresses me. People who are supposed to be remarkable or riveting often leave me cold. I guess I'm just not wired that way.

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The States Need to Step It Up on STEM

September 17, 2014 at 9:54 am

We talk a lot about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. Everyone recognizes that these are critical skills, that the STEM unemployment rate is about half that of other fields, that STEM success is vital to the futures of our kids and our nation, yada yada. But, when it comes to STEM, which states are doing the best, which are doing the worst--and how well are the "best" actually doing? The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's new Leaders & Laggards: A State-by-State Report Card on K-12 Educational Effectiveness report has some eye-opening data on this count (full disclosure: I was a partner in this endeavor).

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Common Core Validation Committee Non-Signer Dylan Wiliam Shares a Couple Thoughts

September 15, 2014 at 8:38 am

The other week, I wrote a column flagging what I deemed to be five "half-truths" that have been repeatedly offered up by Common Core advocates. I was curious whether advocates could convince me that my concerns were baseless. On that score, the response was less compelling than I would've hoped. Several advocates eschewed the substantive points and simply declared that I'd become "anti-Common Core." My friend Mike Petrilli responded with a flurry of questions that seemed to essentially concede my criticisms, but charge that existing standards are plagued by the same shortcomings. Mike's right about that, of course, though the point is that advocates for other standards haven't promoted them as "evidence-based" or suggested they ought to be adopted on a national scale.

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