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EDUCATION Support for Common Core Slipping

By Bob Kellogg Recent polls from Education Next and Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup show Common Core continues to lose favor among some groups. It’s not good news for Core supporters. Neal McCluskey of the Cato Institute says the polls show support for the Common Core in general over the last three years has precipitously plummeted. “[The […]

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Initial Common Core Goals Unfulfilled as Results Trickle In

As Common Core test results come in, the goal of comparing student performance among states is unmet. Common Core opponents wave signs and cheer at a Jan. 6, 2015, rally opposing Mississippi’s continued use of the Common Core academic standards. Results for some states that participated in Common Core-aligned testing for the first time this […]

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Oregon Common Core Participation Below Fed Levels

Portland, Lake Oswego both below participation levels Chris Woodard and KOIN 6 News Staff Several school districts in Oregon, including Portland, fell below the federal participation requirements for the Common Core tests. States are required to test at least 95% of students to get federal education money. But 21 districts in Oregon did not meet […]

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Gov. Cuomo to Appoint Commission to Overhaul Common Core Education Program

BY GLENN BLAIN   ALBANY – Saying it’s time to fix New York’s broken Common Core education program, Gov. Cuomo on Thursday said he would appoint a commission to recommend changes. While expressing support for the program’s goals, Cuomo said the state Education Department’s implementation of the Common Core curriculum was “deeply flawed” and the […]

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Anti-Common Core Ads Begin Airing to Court Voters

By Julia O’Donoghue, | The Times-Picayune U.S. Senator David Vitter is reaching out to anti-Common Core voters in the Louisiana governor’s race with a new television ad highlighting his opposition to the academic standards. The TV spot might raise some eyebrows. As recently as last August, Vitter told CSPAN that he “strongly supported” Common […]

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Gallop: 60 percent Opposed Common Core

By WJLA A Gallup Poll shows that common core education standards are becoming more and more unpopular as Americans learn more about them. According to a report from, 60 percent of adults polled said they opposed Common Core standards. That number rose in conjunction with the number of respondents who said they knew either […]

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Jeb Bush: The Term ‘Common Core’ Is ‘So Darn Poisonous, I Don’t Even Know What It Means’

By Fred Lucas Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush talked about one of his biggest political liabilities among conservative voters — Common Core — by saying he doesn’t even know what it means any more. During his appearance at the Iowa State Fair Friday, Bush mentioned “education reform” several times during the “Soapbox” speech event sponsored by […]

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Study: Common Core & 2 Testing Consortia Violate Federal Laws, Unlikely to Improve Academic Achievement

By Pioneer Institute   BOSTON – In the wake of the U.S. House and Senate’s passage of bills that would reauthorize the federal No Child Left Behind law, a new Pioneer Institute research paper finds that national English and mathematics standards, known as Common Core, violate three federal laws that prohibit the federal government from […]

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Common Core Publishing giant Pearson PLC will sell its Financial Times Newspaper to Focus more Sharply on its Education Businesses.

By Dr. Susan Berry   The London-based Pearson will sell FT Group, which includes the Financial Times – one of its primary media assets – to Nikkei Inc. for $1.32 billion as the company invests more capital to advance its education businesses, its biggest revenue-maker. According to The Wall Street Journal, Pearson generates about 60 […]

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The National Common Core Standards System

This heavily referenced, 48-page document is the result of three months of research effort on the part of members of Arizona’s Mommy Lobby, with the help of Emmett McGroarty of the American Principles Project.   It has been distributed to Arizona’s House and Senate Education Committees, Governor Ducey’s office, most of Arizona’s leadership, as well […]

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Because of the implementation of Common Core Standards, the San Francisco Unified School District Delays Offering Algebra 1 To Middle School Students, Forcing Them to Wait Until High School.

By William Bigelow Lizzy Hull Barnes, mathematics program administrator for the district, claimed numerous eighth-grade students struggled or failed with Algebra 1, telling Bay Area public radio station KQED, “Those students are now in a cycle of failure.” She insisted that the district wants all students to receive high-quality math instruction, as that is a social […]

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Nevada to Pick New Vendor After Common Core Testing Debacle

By Sally Ho, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada is ending ties with the test-maker it blames for a debacle in the handling of Common Core assessments that halted the mandatory online exams this year. For the last decade, the state had used New Hampshire-based Measured Progress to implement federally mandated standardized testing. But […]

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Obama has you Cornered with K-12 Test Data

By Ty Wright The Race to the Top Initiative created an opportunity for President Barack Obama’s administration to wrest control over K-12 testing — from the international level to the classroom level — aligning most testing to Common Core standards. The Race to the Top Initiative created an opportunity for President Barack Obama’s administration to […]

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Common Core Testing Disaster Linked to Principal’s Suicide

Teachers College Community School in Harlem, where Jeanene Worrell-Breeden was principal.Photo: Angel Chevrestt The principal of an innovative West Harlem public school killed herself the day after her students took the state Common Core exams — which were later tossed out because she cheated, The Post has learned. Jeanene Worrell-Breeden, 49, of Teachers College Community […]

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Pearson is Out, Questar is in for N.Y. Common Core Tests

Standardized test supplier Pearson is out, Questar is in By Rick Karlin The state Education Department is dropping its supplier of standardized math and English exams, Pearson PLC, in favor of a new firm, Questar Assessment. In making the announcement Thursday, education officials stressed they want New York teachers to be more involved in developing the […]

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By MERRILL HOPE Texas never adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) but teachers use Common Core-aligned instructional materials (IM’s). This week Education Week called out the Lone Star state as one of four non-Common Core states where the Fed Led Ed agenda “crept into the classroom.” Their findings support 2014 Breitbart Texas coverage on Common Core IM’s popping up in public school classrooms […]

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Effort Under Way to Ditch Common Core in 2016 election in Massachusetts

By Michael Norton BOSTON — As state education officials consider switching to a new exam that syncs up with national Common Core standards, activists and legislators are launching a ballot campaign with the goal of restoring the state’s education standards from 2010. Donna Colorio, a Worcester School Committee member from 2011 to 2013 and founder […]

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