Core Debate

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…

Principal’s last advice: Let’s move beyond the rhetoric and really question the Common Core

Value-added scores are a sham metric. They give top teachers negative scores!

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

Principal: I’m retiring because Common Core puts test scores before children

Dear Jayne, I appreciate your belief that all states should have the same or very similar standards. I also believed in national standards before the implementation of the Common Core.…

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

Schools across the country used to do their own thing

Education doesn’t need Common Core reform, teachers need the time and resources to build great schools

Now that every state has modified the Common Core and cherry picked their tests, are the standards “common?"

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

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

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As testing begins, parental opposition to Common Core ramps up

In some districts up to 80% of families opt-out

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

Common Core ignores underprivileged students — and testing will lead to more achievement gaps

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

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