Tag Archives: PARCC

The Well-Financed Effort to Marginalize and Intimidate Opt-Out Parents

Though she resigned as chair late last year, last week’s Tweet from Students First was pure Michelle Rhee: Will the #optout movement realize it’s fighting a losing cause? In its Tweet, Students First links to an opinion piece from one … Continue reading

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Pearson, AIR, Common Core and Opt-Out Collide in New Mexico

After hundreds of New Mexico high school kids walked out of common core inspired, state-mandated tests last week in protest, a perfect storm of education policy manifested in a state district courtroom. Scathing Purple Musings referred to this same Associated … Continue reading

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Will Florida Become a Battleground For Pearson and AIR?

  Former Florida education commissioner Tony Bennett arrived with some carry-on baggage. While serving as Indiana’s top education boss, he served as the fiscal agent for the  multi-state consortia which would administer PARCC exams to several state’s students. When Bennett was … Continue reading

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AIR’s Connections to Florida’s “Miserable” VAM Scores

Lakeland Ledger columnist Glenn Marston dug deeper into Florida’s new testing contractor: More concerning about AIR’s Florida connections is the miserable teacher-grading program it created for the state, known as the value-added model. The inconclusive teacher evaluations are useless. The Tampa … Continue reading

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Why New York’s Common Core Collapse Continues to Haunt Florida

Florida is a year or two behind New York implementing Common Core and its rigid high-stakes tests regime and New York’s rapidly unfolding collapse has gone beyond cautionary tale status. State superintendent John King was told by a legislator last … Continue reading

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The New York Common Core Story That Frightens Florida GOP Lawmakers

It’s come to this in New York: To say John King Jr. is New York’s embattled education commissioner is an understatement. A statewide teachers’ union is making plans to take an unprecedented no-confidence vote against him. New York State United … Continue reading

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PARCC, Common Core, and Moving the Bar Again After Everyone’s Jumped

From Catherine Gewertz in Education Week: If you’re paying close attention to every twist and turn of the state assessment chronicles, you could be forgiven for concluding that Florida has finally, officially, dumped the PARCC assessment consortium. New details have … Continue reading

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The Republican Bill to Stop Common Core in Florida

The Orlando Sentinel‘s  Leslie Postal reports that opponents of Common Core are beginning an advertising campaign in southwest Florida: Opponents of Common Core in Florida today launched radio ads they hope will spread their message that the new academic standards … Continue reading

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Miami Herald Gets it Wrong on Common Core Opposition

Few dispute that most of the professional journalists who staff the state’s top newspapers lean democrat and leftward. It often becomes obvious in their reporting on Common Core. Consider this from the editors of the Miami Herald: In January, the … Continue reading

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Politicians and Rich Guys Want Common Core; Everyone Else, Not So Much

There’s always been something for everyone to hate about Common Core. Alonzo Weston from the St. Joseph News-Press talked to a Missouri parents group who have a handle on the entire boondoggle. The Common Core learning standard is more than … Continue reading

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