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North Country Matters: Steve Todd, Jefferson-Lewis BOCES - Steve Todd, the Jefferson-Lewis BOCES Superintendent, joins NCM hosts Ann Carvill and Donna Seymour to discuss 2016 education matters in his 18 component schools. They discuss attendance, the state Learning Standards, school finances and mental health services. (Filmed Nov. 2, 2016)
North Country Matters: Steve Todd - Steve Todd, the Jefferson-Lewis BOCES Superintendent, talks about his BOCES district, the Common Core, STEM and Career and Technical Education with Donna Seymour and Ann Carvill. (Oct. 24, 2014)
North Country Matters Video: Tom Burns, the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES School Superintendent, on the future of the Common Core Standards. (Oct. 17, 2014)
North Country Matters Podcast: The NYS Common Core Standards with St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES School Superintendent Tom Burns (March 7, 2014)
Online Videos Aim to Help Parents Make Sense of Common Core - GreatSchools, a national nonprofit that assists parents find schools and educational resources, launched a series of online videos this week to help demystify the Common Core State Standards. The Milestones video collection features students and teachers working on math, writing, and reading questions that every child is expected to master under the common core by the end of the year in grades K-5. GreatSchools designed the videos with Student Achievement Partners, a New York City-based nonprofit founded by some of the common-core standards' lead writers. With more than 120 videos in English and Spanish in the online collection, perhaps parents can gain some semblance of clarity on the standards. Every video also has links to worksheets, booklists, and other resources to help students.
The Common Core webpage from NYS PTA. Includes an informational video below narrated by NYS PTA Education Coordinator, Dr. Bob Aloise.
Educators, Administrators Break Down Common Core Standards For Parents - National PTA recently released a Common Core video series to educate parents on the standards and empower them to support the transition at school and home. The series features 14 videos-developed in partnership with the Hunt Institute-to dispel the myths and provide accurate information about Common Core. The videos also provide various perspectives from educators, administrators, PTA leaders and others on the positive changes they've seen with the standards.
Video: It's Time for the Common Core State Standards - from the USCCF Education and Workforce
Common Core Resources Educators Can Use
A new Education Week tracker looks at the latest status of state legislative efforts looking to reassess the Common Core State Standards, including bills to pause, review, or repeal the standards. Because of the changing nature of the bills and executive orders, the tracker below will no longer be updated. Keep up with the latest common-core legislation here.
Common Core Strategies for Teachers - See what strategies work best and how teachers are collaborating to support students in the common-core era.
CAP Issue Brief: Roadmap for a Successful Transition to the Common Core in States and Districts - States and districts across the country are using promising and effective practices to implement the Common Core, but more work remains to ensure a smooth transition to the new standards. (June 25, 2014)
CAP Issue Brief: The Common Core Is an Opportunity for Education Equity/" - Across the country, low-income students, students of color, English language learners, and students with disabilities often do not receive the same high-quality education as their peers. The Common Core State Standards take the first step toward ensuring education equity. (May 19, 2014)
CAP Issue Brief: Better Serving the Children of Our Servicemen and Women - How the Common Core Improves Education for Military-Connected Children - The Common Core State Standards will provide military-connected children-who often change schools frequently as their parents move from duty station to duty station-with more consistent and high-quality education. (May 12, 2014)
Updated: February 12, 2017
- High Achievement NY Plans Social Media Push - High Achievement New York on Wednesday is launching a social media campaign aims at boosting reading standards in New York schools. The media effort dovetails with a State Education Department effort for a final version of revised English Language Arts education standards for grades 3 through 8.
- Common Core Revisions: What Are States Really Changing? - Twenty-one of the 46 states that adopted the Common Core State Standards are revising the standards, but most are not making substantial changes, according to an analysis by the research firm Abt Associates.
- SED extends comment period on ELA, math standards - The state Education Department is giving the public more time to comment on proposed revisions to New York’s Common Core learning standards, citing high public interest. Individuals and groups will have until Nov. 14 — an extra 10 days — to comment.
A HREF="http://www.twcnews.com/nys/capital-region/capital-tonight-interviews/2016/09/30/maryellen-elia.html">State Education Department Considers Changes to Common Core Standards - The State Education Department is accepting public comment on the draft standards for English and math that were released last week. As you'll recall, committees were formed to look into ways of improving what's known as Common Core. Those committees recommended changing 60-percent of the ELA and 55 percent of math standards. Joining us to talk more about this is Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia.
- Support for Common Core Continues to Decline, Poll Says - The percentage of the general public who say they support the Common Core State Standards dropped from 49 to 42 percent over the last year, according to a poll released today by Education Next, a K-12 policy journal. However, the poll, which is in its 10th year of publication, also shows that some of the lack of support may be a branding problem: When asked whether they support "standards for reading and math that are the same across the states" and used for accountability—a question in which the words common core don't appear—public support shot up to 55 percent.
- Report: State Learning Standards Likely to be Similar to Common Core - New learning standards are being developed for New York schools, but don’t expect them to be much different than the Common Core standards they’re replacing. The New York School Boards Association released a report saying standards the state ultimately adopts likely won’t be much different than Common Core.
- Pearson CEO Fallon Talks Common Core, Rise of ‘Open’ Resources - “In hindsight, one of the mistakes that were made around the implementation of the common core was to think you could switch from No Child Left Behind, that you could click your fingers and it would happen in one fell swoop. It will take the better part of a generation for the benefits to flow through, because it’s such a fundamental step change. Frankly, where a lot of support from the teaching profession for the common core tipped over into antagonism, and concern, was because of the way the assessments were introduced. For example, there wasn’t an understanding in terms of tracking and measuring teacher performance against those standards; you needed to give a significant amount of time for it to bed down. Now, the reality is that it happened in the end, but it was done slightly late in the day, and almost grudgingly. It would have been so much better if everyone had been more open and honest about that much earlier in the process.
- OpEd - Stephen Sigmund and Donna Seymour: Most north country parents opt for state assessments - We believe working together is a much better course for our children and our state. Across the North Country, parents appear to be giving the tests a chance to work. Parents in favor of the tests continue to believe assessments give teachers deeper insight into their students and provide the data needed to close persistent achievement gaps. Advocates on both sides want the state tests to do what they are supposed to do: identify weaknesses early so teachers can help individual children, recognize and confront achievement gaps, and help schools and educators improve their instruction. (June 2, 2016)
- School Budgets Pass, and More Opt Out Supporters Elected to School Boards - Almost 98 percent of school budgets were approved in statewide voting Tuesday, including the majority of school districts asking for overrides of the state’s mandatory property tax cap. Association’s Tim Kremer said many seats were won by those who support boycotting Common Core-related standardized tests, along with more teachers who are also union members. The teachers and their union have been upset over the tests that were to be used to evaluate their performance. The State Board of Regents have imposed a three year moratorium on linking the exam results to teacher performance.
- New Jersey Changes Names of Common Core Standards, Makes Few Changes - After a year-long review of the Common Core State Standards, New Jersey's board of education Thursday renamed its standards and made a few adjustments to them as well. The new standards will go into effect in the 2017-18 school year.
- NY students to be tested on revised Common Core standards by 2019 - New York hopes to test students on revised learning standards in English and math starting in the 2018-19 school year, following a multiyear review and revision of its controversial Common Core program, according to a timeline considered Monday by the state Board of Regents.
- UFT Airs Common Core Ad - The NYC-based UFT is hitting the airwaves with $1.4 million ad campaign that urges New Yorkers to support the recommendations of the governor's Common Core task force. The 30-second spot is entitled "Working Together," and it urges everyone to pull collectively to "support sensible and fair learning standards that help every child, in every neighborhood, succeed."
- N.Y. Governor-Appointed Task Force: Rename Common Core, Reduce Testing - A governor-appointed task force in New York recommended Thursday that the state reevaluate and rename the Common Core learning standards, reduce the amount of testing in schools, and wait four years to factor those tests into teachers' evaluations. New York is one of several states that have begun to review and, in many cases, replace their use of the common core standards developed by a coalition of policy groups.
- New York state says 10,500 weighed in on Common Core survey - New York education officials say more than 10,500 people responded to a survey seeking input on the Common Core learning standards - and gave mostly positive feedback.
- Common Core Task Force Calls For Moratorium On Linking Common Core With Evaluations - A panel convened by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to review and propose changes to the state's controversial Common Core education standards released its long-awaited report on Thursday with 21 recommendations for overhauling the standards, including a temporary end to linking test results to teacher performance reviews.
- Online survey will seek input as New York State reviews Common Core exams in schools - State education department officials will launch an online survey for public input as part of the agency's review of its controversial Common Core academic standards, state education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said.
- Flanagan: 'Unnecessary' For Legislature To Intervene On Common Core - Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan indicated it's "unnecessary" for the Legislature to take action on changes to the Common Core standards, saying in a radio interview on Wednesday those decisions could ultimately be left with the Board of Regents and Department of Education.
- Educators: Common Core Standards are Good for Students, Teachers - It seems school children have gotten overlooked in the highly-politicized discussion about Common Core. "It actually helped transform learning in our school district, particularly Kindergarten through eighth," said Randolph Central School Superintendent Kimberly Moritz. "It challenged them to be better and it gave them a set of standards where they didn't have standards. We should all have the same standards. An A should mean an A no matter where you're coming from," said Sam Radford, president of the District Parent Coordinating Council of Buffalo.
- Roundtable Discussions Seek To Turn Down Temperature On Common Core - High Achievement New York, a group that backs Common Core standards in New York, will co-host a discussion on Common Core alongside the Urban League of Rochester on Wednesday. The event is part of a series of discussions on Common Core, with events already held in Buffalo, New York City and Albany. Discussions are set to be held Rochester and Cortland this week.
- Survey: Majority of New Yorkers oppose opt-out movement - A majority of New Yorkers oppose the growing opt-out movement, which led to one out of every five parents not allowing their students to take state tests in reading and math this spring. That's according to a new survey released today by High Achievement New York, a coalition of parents, teachers, business groups and community organizations. The survey of 878 New York residents found that 50.8 percent of them think all public school students should take the annual state assessments; 23.23 percent think parents should not allow their children to take the assessments; and 25.97 percent were altogether unsure.
- Cuomo's Common Core panel set to meet next week - The 15-member panel, which includes educators, lawmakers and business leaders, was assembled after nearly 20 percent of the state's eligible students opted not to take the standardized tests. Cuomo has called for a "total reboot" of the system.
- Teachers Cautiously Optimistic Over Cuomo's New Common Core Commission - Teachers say they hope Governor Cuomo's newly appointed education commission will fix problems with the controversial Common Core learning standards. But they say a lot has to change, including the unpopular tests associated with the standards.
- Gov. Cuomo establishes review panel to suggest curriculum reforms - A representative group from that Commission, including education experts, teachers, parents, the Commissioner of Education and legislative representatives will review the issues.
- Voices must be heard: Time frame for Common Core review panel far too limited - If Mr. Cuomo rushes this panel into making recommendations, many parents and teachers are bound to believe they once again have been ignored. The drumbeat of opposition driving the governor's quest to revise the Common Core system will only grow louder, and then we'll be back to square one.
- As Common Core continues to catch heat in North Country, Gov. Cuomo establishes review panel to suggest curriculum reforms - As students returned to school Thursday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo revealed his plan to review Common Core standards in an attempt to restore "faith" in the state's education system.
- Classroom Assignments Fail to Meet Common Core's Higher Bar, Study Says - A new report looks at whether individual classroom assignments meet the common-core criteria for literacy and finds that alignment, for the most part, is lacking.
- Ed Comm Says Parents Have the Right to Opt Out their Kids from Tests - State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia says parents "absolutely" have the right to opt their kids out of state standardized tests, but she says she still wants to talk to them to try to bring them back to the fold. She admits the tests "have problems" and are "too long."
- 13 Common Core facts for parents - During an edWeb webinar on how parents can learn about the Common Core, Anne O'Brien, deputy director of the Learning First Alliance (LFA), a partnership of education organizations that focuses on improving student learning, offered a look at Common Core background and dispelled a number of myths surrounding the standards.
- Common Core's Focus on Concepts Is Key to Improving Math Education, Report Says - The Common Core State Standards' emphasis on conceptual understanding in math will improve students' problem-solving skills and ultimately help prepare them for jobs of the future, argues a new report by the Center for American Progress, a Washington-based think tank.
- Marc Tucker asks: Is There a Market in the United States for a Strong Instructional Core? - There is no state in the United States that has an instructional core as strong as those we see in the top-performing countries. By instructional core, I mean the combination of state-mandated standards, curriculum frameworks, course syllabi, instructional materials, and tests and examinations that together define and measure what students are taught. When these systems are set to high standards, carefully aligned and well implemented, they are very powerful.
- Common-Core Materials Penetrate Every State - As states continue to draw lines in the sand about whether or not they have adopted the Common Core State Standards, there's some evidence the new benchmarks have crept into classrooms in all states-mainly through instructional materials. Four states-Alaska, Nebraska, Texas, and Virginia-have firmly refused to adopt the standards since they were unveiled five years ago, and yet there are examples in each place of schools and districts using common-core-aligned curricula.
- Focus on the Standards Without the Words 'Common Core' - With 43 states and the District of Columbia now implementing the standards, as well as three states having repealed them and many others still debating their use, the Common Core State Standards are a pervasive presence in the K-12 education realm. But interestingly, here at the International Literacy Association conference where the majority of sessions are focused on practical application in the classroom, the term "common core" is sometimes circumvented, and many times explicitly avoided.
- NEA To Support Opt-Out, Oppose Common-Core Testing - At this year's convention, delegates voted down NBI 5, which would have supported the opt-out movement and concomitant legislation. Then, a hundred-odd NBI items later, they approved one, NBI 115, that will require the union to support opt-out and test refusal through the union's current infrastructure.
- Local Educators React To Common Core Test Change - Questar Assessment is waiting for final approval on its deal to put together New York's standardized third through eighth grade English and math tests - the so-called Common Core exams that have been the target of anger and scrutiny among parents and teachers. "There were some concerns and issues with Pearson. That's fine. We're getting a fresh start," said Thomas Burns, St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES superintendent.
- Court Hands Major Victory to PARCC, Pearson in Challenge by Vendor - A New Mexico judge has rejected a closely-watched challenge made against one of the nation's two main common-core testing consortia, in a major victory for supporters of the ambitious assessment effort led by a coalition of states. District court Judge Sarah M. Singleton found that the American Institutes for Research lacked proper legal standing to appeal a decision by the states belonging to the consortium, PARCC, to award an enormously lucrative contract to Pearson.
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