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Jayne Ellspermann

Jayne Ellspermann is principal of West Port High School in Ocala, Florida and was named National Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals in 2015.

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Third-grade teacher Sherry Frangia, left, high-fives student Jayla Hopkins during a math lesson at Silver Lake Elementary School in Middletown, Del. Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Silver Lake has begun implementing the national Common Core State Standards for academics.

When it comes to the Common Core, we should “teach to the test”—and no, there’s nothing wrong with that!

Dear Carol, Third-grade teacher Sherry Frangia, left, high-fives student Jayla Hopkins during a math lesson at Silver Lake Elementary School in Middletown, Del. Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Silver…

Don’t blame the Common Core standards, how we measure performance is the problem

Tying teacher evaluations to student test scores is bad educational policy

We need Common Core standards to make sure all students meet the same expectations

Schools across the country used to do their own thing

Parents become supporters of Common Core when they see it in action

In a Florida school, not a single student opted out of testing

Common Core tests went smoothly in Florida, despite sensational media claims

Common Core equalizes students from different social classes by asking them to rely on text not personal experience

Jayne Ellspermann

Common Core works – when teachers and parents get a say in rewriting it

This is the second letter in a series between Carol Burris, principal of South Side High School in Rockville Centre, New York, and Jayne Ellspermann, principal of West Port High…