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Here in New Hampshire, it’s easy to lose perspective on how important the PACE pilot program is. Years in preparation, it is the nation’s first step beyond standardized testing. The four participating districts – Sanborn, Rochester, Epping and Souhegan – are doing hard creative work that will clear the way for other districts in New Hampshire and eventually throughout the country.
That’s why Kentucky education commissioner said, (more…)
New Hampshire’s current science standards are nine years old and will need to be updated soon. The Governor’s STEM Task Force, including business, teachers, scientists and many others, recommended that the starting point be the widely respected Next Generation Science Standards, based on the National Research Council’s Framework for K-12 Science Education. So in the coming months, the New Hampshire State Board of Education may begin the process of reviewing the standards.
The debate over the Common Core State Standards has been fraught with myths and misinformation. As New Hampshire considers a variety of bills this legislative session, you might find yourself wondering: What is the Common Core? Why do we need it? NPR breaks down these questions and more:
What is the Common Core? The Common Core State Standards Initiative is the largest-ever attempt in the United States to set unified expectations for what students in kindergarten through 12th grade should know and be able to do in each grade in preparation for college and the workforce. In short, the standards are meant to get every student in America on the same page. Right now, the Common Core standards cover two areas: math and English language arts (writing and reading). They were developed by a group of governors, chief state school officers and education experts from 48 states. To date, 44 states and the District of Columbia have formally adopted the new standards. By Spring of 2015, most of these states plan to administer state tests that have been aligned to the new standards.
Read the rest of the FAQs here.
Sarah Ambrogi and other key board members understood that there was really no choice in the end. Here is how the Union leader reported the meeting:
MANCHESTER — The Board of School Committee reversed its collision course with state education officials on Wednesday and voted to adopt the Smarter Balanced statewide assessment test.
There are many important initiatives in New Hampshire to support early childhood development but, so far, with no substantial support from the State. There are several modest bills pending in the Legislature that serve to put the discussion on the plate. Today’s lead editorial in the Concord Monitor contributes to the discussion by featuring the innovative Providence Talks program: (more…)
Here is a wonderful piece by Stanford math professor Jo Boaler. I offer it not as part of the Common Core debate but because it lives in a world so far beyond that debate. Whether or not you are a math person, so to speak, you will enjoy this. (more…)
Here’s a smart and well observed piece on learning to read:
I am always torn when I read pieces like that of Sarah Blaine, who shared her views on the Common Core State Standards for kindergartners. The gist of her piece, published on Valerie Strauss’s Answer Sheet blog, is that based on her personal experience with her two daughters, she sees the standards as “developmentally inappropriate” for kindergartners.
No. Dr. Milgram didn’t say that. But he might as well have. Next time you hear some theoretical debate about whether the Common Core is developmentally appropriate, think of this video.