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Springfield School Board Looks To Adopt Math Curriculum Still Aligned to Common Core

The old adage “If it walks like a duck…” comes to mind when you look at what the Springfield Public School Board is deciding to adopt for their “new’ math curriculum. They will tell you they aren’t using Common Core standards but… On February 5th the Board had on ...
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Slaving Private Ryan

“A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.” — Ariel Durant, Russian-born American researcher and writer, co-author of The Story of Civilization, Pulitzer Prize winner for general non-fiction. (1898-1981) While the United Nations agreed to flood Western nations with thousands of strong, ...
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Data Interoperability: Is it the next phase of Common Core?

Missouri Education Watchdog by Cheri Kiesecker You may recall when teacher Peter Greene asked a brilliant question years ago, “Are Common Core Standards Actually Data Tags?”  Greene said, “We’ve been saying that CCSS are limited because the standards were written around what can be tested. That’s not exactly correct. The ...
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No, North Carolina Did Not Get Rid Of Common Core

Lady Liberty 1885 by A. P. Dillon There has been a rash of people claiming North Carolina, among other states, got rid of Common Core and that our standards are once again a mess.  This is not even remotely true. I assure you, NO state that adopted Common Core ...
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NWEA MAP Assessments. Study connects test disengagement to student deep-rooted problems.

Missouri Education Watchdog by Cheri Kiesecker Personalized Learning and Adaptive Assessments: Parents need consent, transparency on how student data (and meta data ) are used and shared. Algorithms and Artificial Intelligence are rampant in education, via online “personalized learning” and online adaptive assessments.  If you want a good tutorial on why these ...
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No, Secretary DeVos, Common Core is not “dead.”

Lady Liberty 1885 by A. P. Dillon I’ve received a barrage of emails, Facebook messages, and calls about Education Secretary DeVos’ recent speech where she made a claim that Common Core was “dead.” It is not dead. Nor will it be until the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is ...
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Common Core Disruptors’ Book Takes On The Threat of The Administrative State

Here in Missouri we know their names well.  Emmet McGroarty, Jane Robbins and Erin Tuttle of the American Principles Project have published a book, Deconstructing the Administrative State: The Fight for Liberty, which looks at the threat of unelected federal bureaucratic control, at least partially through the lens of the ...
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6 Schools That Can’t Produce One Student Proficient in English or Math

A Project Baltimore investigation has found five Baltimore City high schools and one middle school do not have a single student proficient in the state tested subjects of math and English. These are the dumbed-down Common Core tests. Despite the fact that the students are illiterate, many are on ...
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