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Hollis/Brookline High School algebra teacher: “The Common Core is what good teachers have been doing all along!”

At the June 16 Hollis/Brookline Common Core forum, Tammy Leonard, Hollis Brookline High School Algebra II teacher, reported back on how the Common Core math standards have worked on in her classroom.  She found that the new standards enabled her to teach as she had always wanted. (more…)

Sanborn Regional High School English teacher Evan Czyzowski on how he uses the new standards in his classroom

At the June 16 Hollis/Brookline Common Core forum, Evan Czyzowski, English literature teacher at Sanborn Regional High School, talked about how the Common Core English Language Arts standards guide his day-to-day teaching. (more…)

Jenn Manning, Newton kindergarten teacher: “My students used to write fairy tales. Now they write opinion pieces.”

At the June 16 Hollis/Brookline Common Core forum, Ms. Jenn Manning, Newton Elementary School kindergarten teacher tells it like it is. (more…)

Board member says the anti-Common Core forum had nothing to offer Hollis-Brookline school district

Common Core opponents held another of their forums yesterday, this one in Hollis.  It was a variation on the established theme in that hosts, selectboard chair Mark Le Doux and his wife Julie, invited every senior education official in New Hampshire and listed most of them on on their flyer to highlight the inevitable reality that they would not be there. (more…)

Marc Tucker speech – and the Q&A – at the NH Legislature’s education session on the Common Core

Here is a speech given by Marc Tucker, well known and widely respected education policy researcher (NCEE is his organization), at a legislative forum on October 29.  If you would rather read the speech, here it is.  It is definitely worth watching, all the way through the Q&A, which starts at minute 29:00.

At 32:38, Dr. Tucker answers the question about whether the Common Core supports Algebra in the 8th grade.  The short answer is, “Yes.”

At 39:00, data mining and student data privacy, which I discuss here in the New Hampshire context.

At 41:10, what are the other countries to which the Common Core standards have been benchmarked?  Dr. Tucker did not answer.  Here’s my answer.

At 42:45, is more government needed to make education better?

At 46:35, since you have received Gates money, are you just a spokesman for Microsoft?

At 51:00, shouldn’t we adopt MA standards since MA scores well on international tests?  Dr. Tucker uses this opportunity to talk more broadly about what it will take for U.S. education to become competitive globally.

At 55:14, Dr. Tucker discusses the fit between national standards and local control.

At 57:54, Dr. Tucker compares the new test to the old ones – Smarter Balanced to NECAP.

At 1:03:30, more on how states compare on international tests.  And if we’re doing so well, why do we need the Common Core?

At 1:04:40, how does the Common Core compare to E.D. Hirsh’s concept of core knowledge?

At 1:06, aren’t the costs of the Common Core high?

At 1:08, shouldn’t you support charter schools?

At 1:12:20, what about STEM?

At 1:13:37, how will the Common Core improve education for our children?