## Monthly archives for May, 2013

# Common Core and Deep Understanding?

May 29, 2013
Common Core And ‘Deep Understanding’
On the Brown Center Chalkboard, a blog produced by the Brookings Institution, Tom Loveless has a terrific post (not just because he cites me). He writes:
Deeper Learning is the current term for an old idea. The notion is that schools spend too much time focused on the acquisition o [...]

# Rich Kids will get it somewhere else&...

The premise is simple. If public schools don’t teach algebra or chemistry or history or great literature or how to write well—the old-fashioned learning that has been around for centuries and remains high status knowledge in most cultures—rich kids will get it somewhere else. Poor kids won’t.
Tom Loveless | May 29, 2013 11:00am
The [...]

# WSJ: Common Core Education Is Uncommo...

Jamie Gass and Charles Chieppo: Common Core Education Is Uncommonly Inadequate
The federal intrusion in schools also brings standards that are academic-lite.
May 27, 2013, 6:42 p.m. ET By JAMIE GASS
AND CHARLES CHIEPPO
Massachusetts student test scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress and SATs were unremarkable in th [...]

# Some states are pushing back on the c...

math/2013/05/28/82d8ad94-c76b-11e2-9cd9-3b9a22a4000a_story.html
May 28, 2013 07:52 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, May 28, 12:52 AM
By Associated Press
Of the 45 states that adopted the Common Core reading, math and writing standards, nine are having second thoughts.
Some states are seeking to slow implementation, while others are trying to repea [...]

# Gap in Internet Access between Rich a...

Students depend strongly on the website to complete assignment through using e-books or social media. However, not every student has access.
~25% of Connecticut households do not have a broadband connection according to National Telecommunications and Information Administration latest report published in Nov 2011 based on 2010 data (slightly [...]

# Fairfield 10-4b Complaint Algebra I T...

Understanding the Answers to each of the remaining allegation in the complaint, as to why the District believes there were no technical violations:
“no change to the math textbook….textbook has not yet been finally adopted by the Board as it is part of a pilot program which has not yet been completed. Parents have yet to see the [...]

# CPM Complaint Investigation Currently...

In the letter dated April 17, the Department of Education was currently investigating the CPM complaint.
Download (PDF, 1.9MB)

# CPM Complaint to CT State Dept of Edu...

The Investigation of the Complaint was conducted under the direction of Commissioner Stefan Pryor. Fairfield parents are still waiting for a full report of the investigate from the Connecticut State Department of Education.
Download (PDF, 567KB)

# Common Core ‘Exemplars’

And as national social studies standards now come rolling in they will also learn about new American heroes, like Common Core’s biggest funder, billionaire Bill Gates. One elementary school textbook published by Pearson, the giant international publishing company that has helped develop Common Core tests, contains several pages of tribute to [...]

# Enrichment or Mistake in the new Fair...

Enrichment Elementary Math Problem or a Mistake in the new de facto elementary patchwork textbook?
63 divided by X = 7 remainder 1
answer: x = 8.87323943661 (this might be a little advanced for 4th graders!)
Or does it mean:
63 divided by X = 7
x = 9
Or does it mean:
64 divided by X = 7 remainder 1
x = 9
Clearly – the answer and [...]

# Two Moms vs. Common Core

Indiana has become the first state to retreat from the Common Core standards, as Governor Mike Pence has just signed a bill suspending their implementation.
A great deal has been written and spoken about Common Core, but it is worth rehearsing the outlines again. Common Core is a set of math and English standards developed largely w [...]

# Public Education is Failing to Create...

September 18, 2012
Young, Gifted and Neglected
By CHESTER E. FINN Jr.
Washington
BARACK OBAMA and Mitt Romney both attended elite private high schools. {so do Obama’s daughters} Both are undeniably smart and well educated and owe much of their success to the strong foundation laid by excellent schools.
Every motivated, high-pot [...]

# Misinterpretation of the Common Core ...

Perhaps the most curious Common Core criticism comes on the math side, with opponents arguing that the standards are squishy, progressive, and lacking in rigorous content. While Common Core math standards do articulate ten math “practices,” mathematical content dominates the K–12 expectations. Unlike many of the replaced state standards, Comm [...]

# CT School Ranking – Fairfield E...

As can be seen, our existing elementary curriculum, which has been under the same leadership, has significantly deteriorated our standing. Eight of the eleven schools dropped in state ranking over the 2007 to 2012 time period. The Fairfield, CT school ranking based on CMT 4th grade 2007-2012 does not support the socioeconomic theory; Mill Hil [...]

# Common Core (SMP) Standard Math Pract...

Sunday, April 28, 2013
Letter from Huck: I Sneak in the Back Window and Teach How to Attend to Precision
Out in Left Field proudly presents the twelth in a series of letters by an aspiring math teacher formerly known as “John Dewey.” All personal and place names have been changed to protect privacy.
Dedicated readers of my [...]

# Students who receive free lunch outpe...

Students who receive free lunch outperform more affluent districts. So affluence is not a major determining factor in performance as some districts make it seem.
Still, it’s an impressive accomplishment by the two city schools: At Bronx Science, 46 percent of students receive free or reduced-price lunch; at Stuyvesant, 42 percent. Yet these [...]

# Reason for Common Core Standards R...

It is more important than ever that we create a level playing field to give students from all states equal opportunity to thrive in our technology-driven world in which formulas and equations play a crucial role. With more and more jobs requiring more and more mathematical knowledge, we are obligated to provide our children with equal access [...]

# “Math Instructional Methodology...

Math Instructional Model gone Gone!! We shouldn’t move the pendulum too far!! Could this district be using CPM’s method of instruction?

# Fairfield, CT School officials: Drop ...

School officials: Drop controversial math text
Michael C. Juliano
Updated 8:22 am, Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Parents and school officials take in a presentation on the proposed revised math curricuulm for grades six through 10 during Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting. Photo: Michael C. Juliano/Staff Photo
Administrators r [...]

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