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The Ohio Standard features relevant and factual news stories and opinion pieces about Ohio's New Learning Standards and the Common Core State Standards. Since we are always updating our collection of clips, be sure to come back often.


Fairview school board formally opposes bill that would repeal Ohio's learning standards

By Beth Mlady, The Plain Dealer (October 21, 2014)

At their Tuesday evening meeting,  Fairview Park Board of Education members unanimously voted to oppose House Bill 597.

Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce backs Common Core school standards

By Jeremy P. Kelley, Dayton Daily News (October 15, 2014)

The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday continued its vocal support of Ohio’s Common Core-tied school standards, hosting a session on “the business case for the Common Core.”

Kasich touts education policies at Lorain Co. campaign stop

By Jim Provance, Toledo Blade (October 12, 2014)

Gov. John Kasich on Saturday defended his education policies on a campaign swing practically through his Democratic opponent’s back yard largely meant to rally the GOP faithful.

Get It Right Podcasts: Toledo Public Schools

By Learning First (September 30, 2014)

Kevin Dalton, President of the Toledo Federation of Teachers, explains how TFT worked in partnership with Toledo Public Schools to develop curriculum alignment maps and teacher-led professional development to implement college and career ready standards. He is joined by Amy Whaley, a teacher at Beverly Elementary School in Toledo, Ohio. Ms. Whaley shares how the standards provide a framework that helps facilitate deeper learning among her students.

Concerns about House Bill 597

Op-Ed by Superintendents of Clark County, Springfield News-Sun (September 25, 2014)

The Ohio House Rules and Reference Committee has been hearing testimony on House Bill (H.B.) 597, which calls for the repeal and replacement of “Ohio’s New Learning Standards.” We, the Superintendents of the Public Schools in Clark County, strongly oppose this bill.

Speaker: Common Core is beneficial

By Kelly Doran, limaohio.com (September 23, 2014)

One of the goals of Common Core is to make sure students are really understanding what they learn.

Area teachers navigate Common Core teaching standards

By Carol Harper, Drew Scofield and Richard Payerchin, The Morning Journal (September 22, 2014)

Since Ohio adopted the Common Core standards in 2010, students have been exposed to new learning practices during their educational careers, while their parents are presented with fresh concepts such as 21st Century Learning.

Common Core is working in classroom

By Chris Kloth(letter to the editor), The Columbus Dispatch (September 13, 2014)

Recently I attended curriculum night at my granddaughter’s elementary school. Her third-grade teacher provided materials on the Common Core standards. I found the guidelines to be quite reasonable from both common-sense and academic perspectives.

Keep Common Core standards in place

Op-ed by State University Education Deans, Cincinnati Enquirer (September 12, 2014)

The following letter was signed by the education deans of Bowling Green State University, Central State University, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, Miami University, Ohio University, Ohio State University, Shawnee State University, University of Akron, University of Cincinnati, University of Toledo, Wright State University and Youngstown State University.

Confused over Common Core? Here are questions to ask your child's teacher

By Patrick O'Donnell, The Plain Dealer (September 11, 2014)

Homework coming home with children looks different, now that Ohio is shifting to the Common Core education standards.

Common Core repealed in Ohio? Kasich doubts it

By Jim Siegel, The Columbus Dispatch (September 9, 2014)

Gov. John Kasich doesn’t expect to see a Common Core elimination bill land on his desk.

Testifying for the Common Core: Rocky River parent, Bay Village curriculum director

By Patrick O'Donnell, The Plain Dealer (September 9, 2014)

The Common Core improves the critical thinking skills of students, Rocky River parent Susan Gallagher and Bay Village curriculum director Char Shryock told an Ohio House committee recently in hearings on the multi-state educational standards.

Testifying for the Common Core: John Carroll University math prof Linda Gojak

By Patrick O'Donnell, The Plain Dealer (September 9, 2014)

John Carroll University math professor Linda Gojak told the Ohio House in recent hearings on the Common Core that math standards in the Core will lead to better understanding of the subject and reduce the number of people who give up and say, "I'm not good at math."

Education advocates slam Ohio's attempt to repeal Common Core

By Andy Chow, WKSU (September 9, 2014)

The National Center for Science Education says a bill in the House would clear the way for Ohio schools to teach creationism. The center’s Glenn Branch says the teaching of evolution has been under attack for years, first through the banning of the teaching of evolution outright and then requiring the teaching of creationism in some form.

Common Core circus

By the Editorial Board, The Toledo Blade (September 8, 2014)

Republican lawmakers in the Statehouse continue to make election-year hay from a bill that would repeal the Common Core education standards in Ohio. The measure’s sponsors at least have shown enough respect for Ohio students to remove a provision that would have allowed the teaching of creationism — that is, religion in the guise of science — in the state’s public schools.

Northeast Ohio school districts stood up for the Common Core before the Ohio House

By Patrick O'Donnell, The Plain Dealer (September 8, 2014)

Educators, parents and officials from Northeast Ohio overwhelmingly backed the Common Core standards at hearings in the Ohio House the last few weeks, with all but a few opposing a bill that would kill the multi-state education standards.

Common Core is the best fit for students

By Michael L. Collins(letter to the editor), The Columbus Dispatch (September 8, 2014)

I respond to the Aug. 16 letter to the editor from Renee A. Middleton, dean of Ohio University’s College of Education, and The Dispatch’s pointed and accurate editorials within the past two weeks thoroughly clarifying the real essence of Ohio’s learning standards.

Common Core opponents look to Massachusetts as guide

By Benjamin Lanka, Mansfield News Journal (September 7, 2014)

Ohio kindergartners this year must be able to count to 100. Should a bill to repeal Common Core education standards be approved, they will need to count only to 20 next year.

Capitol Insider: PTA: Money no factor in backing Core

By Darrel Rowland, The Columbus Dispatch, (September 7, 2014)

During the legislature’s Common Core hearings, Rep. Andy Thompson, R-Marietta, the sponsor of the bill to eliminate the standards, has pressed several pro-Common Core witnesses about their affiliations, influences and funding — focusing particularly on whether money came from the Gates Foundation.

City schools are making progress

By Dan Good(letter to the editor), The Columbus Dispatch (September 6, 2014)

This past year, Columbus City Schools focused on three vital areas: providing teachers, principals and the public with data they can trust; improving third-grade reading; and improving performance in high schools.

State Sen. Peggy Lehner is right to call Common Core repeal hearings a "circus": editorial

By the Editorial Board, The Plain Dealer (September 3, 2014)

Bravo to State Sen. Peggy Lehner, a Dayton-area Republican, for one of the strongest denunciations to date of an Ohio House bill seeking to repeal the Common Core educational standards. Our editorial board has repeatedly opposed this legislative repeal effort.

House bill would gut science education

By Richard Hoppe(letter to the editor), The Columbus Dispatch (September 3, 2014)

Ohio House Bill 597 is purportedly aimed at Common Core, but if passed it would cut the heart out of science education in Ohio public schools.

Common Core repeal would be a mistake

By the Editorial Board, CantonRep, (September 3, 2014)

Two problems jump out at us from the campaign to repeal the Common Core education standards in Ohio — its departure from the facts, which is misguided if not intentional, and its timing, which stinks.

District officials oppose push to scrap Common Core

By Jennifer Noblit, Dublin Villager (September 3, 2014)

Work to repeal Common Core standards in Ohio could have disastrous implications for education in the state, said Todd Hoadley, superintendent of the Dublin City School District.

Common Standards Will Allow Us to Assess What's Working And What's Not

By Karin Chenoweth, The Equity Line, (September 3, 2014)

Sometimes curriculum is determined by states, sometimes by districts or schools, and sometimes by individual teachers. Sometimes curriculum is driven by nationally published textbooks that are made available to teachers, sometimes by elaborate district-level scope-and-sequence guides, and sometimes by what teachers come up with over the summer.

House should heed testimony

By the Editorial Board, The Columbus Dispatch (August 31, 2014)

Testimony from supporters of the Common Core educational standards, who’ve had their turn at an Ohio House of Representatives committee hearing this week, was a healthy dose of reason following days of falsehoods from those who would undo the standards.

Don't kill Common Core, local school officials say

By Alison Matas and Kelli Young, CantonRep (August 30, 2014)

As state legislators debate on whether to repeal the Common Core standards, many Stark County school officials say districts have invested too much time and too many resources into the curriculum to warrant changing it.

Common Core repeal bill is a "circus," Ohio Sen. Peggy Lehner tells City Club crowd

By Patrick O'Donnell, The Plain Dealer (August 29, 2014)

Efforts to repeal the Common Core educational standards in Ohio are a disheartening "circus" that needs to fail, State Sen. Peggy Lehner said in a speech at the City Club today that was also filled with praise for Cleveland's school improvement efforts and attempts to create more preschool opportunities for city children.

Business leaders line up to support Common Core

By Jim Siegel, The Columbus Dispatch (August 28, 2014)

The No. 1 issue that business owners raise is workforce quality, said Michael Hartley of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. “Turning back on a set of standards that have been benchmarked with the best of the best would not only be detrimental for those in education, but also for ... the 1,600-plus business owners in the Columbus region that rely on a highly skilled workforce to compete in a global market,” Hartley said.

Four Metro Chambers, Ohio Chamber Oppose Repeal of Common Core Standards

By Staff Writer, The Hannah Report (August 28, 2014)

Representatives of four of the state's largest chambers of commerce and the Ohio Chamber Wednesday picked up their opposition to HB597 (Huffman- Thompson), which would repeal Ohio's adoption of the Common Core standards, both in testimony before the committee and in a separate news conference.

Ohio should stick to education standards

By Linda Noonan(letter to the editor), The Columbus Dispatch (August 28, 2014)

I read last Thursday’s Dispatch.com article “Nixing Common Core could let some Ohio schools opt out of state tests” with interest and some surprise that Ohio is considering replacing its new learning standards with old Massachusetts curriculum standards. Doing so and, meanwhile, developing yet another set of Ohio standards would be a reversal of progress and a disservice to students.

Common Core debate: Dozens of witnesses, Cleveland schools CEO Eric Gordon and Gov. John Kasich and two national polls weigh in

By Patrick O'Donnell, The Plain Dealer (August 27, 2014)

The state legislature continues its debate about the Common Core educational standards this week, following a week that saw opponents of the Core criticize them, Gov. John Kasich weighing in on the debate and two national polls offering varying national looks at support for the Core.

Ohio lawmakers should not get rid of Common Core: editorial

By the Editorial Board, The Plain Dealer (August 27, 2014)

It's bad enough that some Ohio House members are holding hearings in support of a bill that will repeal the Common Core, the new national math and reading standards that teachers in Ohio and many other states will be teaching this year.

Ohio businesses push to retain the Common Core

By Andy Chow, WKSU (August 27, 2014)

The chambers of commerce from some of Ohio’s largest cities were at a House committee meeting to oppose the Common Core repeal. They included the Greater Cleveland Partnership.

Business Leaders Speak Out in Support of Common Core

By Angela Reighard, WOUB (August 27, 2014)

Members of the Ohio business community urged lawmakers to vote against H.B. 597, which aims to
repeal the Common Core Initiative.

School officials oppose repeal of standards

By Mark Kovac, The Vindicator (August 27, 2014)

Paul Imhoff compared legislation being considered in the Ohio House to repeal Common Core standards to trying to build an aircraft while in flight.

Business Interests Stand Behind Common Core Standards

By Staff Writer, Gongwer Ohio Report (August 27, 2014)

Business leaders from around the state stood before a House committee Wednesday to urge continued use of the Common Core standards in Ohio.

Common Core debate in Ohio fueled by politics within GOP

By the Editorial Board, Youngstown Vindicator (August 26, 2014)

It is significant that a bill aimed at killing Common Core in Ohio is before the House Rules Committee, where support for the measure has been orchestrated, rather than the Education Committee, where the chairman, Gerald Stebelton, is a backer of the national academic standards for kindergarten through 12th grade.

Ohio lawmakers should not get rid of Common Core

By the Editorial Board, The Plain Dealer (August 26, 2014)

It's bad enough that some Ohio House members are holding hearings in support of a bill that will repeal the Common Core, the new national math and reading standards that teachers in Ohio and many other states will be teaching this year.

Experts with Role in Developing Common Core Testify Before House Committee

By Andy Chow, NPR Stateimpact (August 26, 2014)

Opponents of the education standards known as the Common Core spent a week criticizing that set of standards while supporting a bill to repeal it.

Estrop to testify against Common Core repeal

By Michael Cooper, Springfield News-Sun (August 26, 2014)

Springfield City School District Superintendent David Estrop will testify before lawmakers today in opposition of a bill that would repeal Common Core-based standards statewide, which the district has spent millions of dollars preparing for since 2010.

Business groups to defend Common Core in House hearings

By Lewis Wallace, WOSU (August 25, 2014)

Business and education groups will be in Columbus this week to defend the state’s Common Core curriculum in House hearings. House Bill 597 would repeal the K through 12 math and English standards, which are set to go into effect this school year. Business groups like the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce have been on board ever since Ohio passed its version of the standards in 2010. Chris Kershner with the chamber says companies depend on schools for a certain key part of the supply chain.

Stick with Common Core

By the Editorial Board, The Toledo Blade (August 25, 2014)

Ohio lawmakers can’t honestly say they haven’t heard the facts about the current status of Common Core, which is about to take effect in the state’s public schools. Now that they have, legislators should affirm the national — not federal — standards for improving our students’ performance in math and English, or at least leave the standards alone.

Common Core -- The Right Choice for Ohio

Op-ed by Phillip L. Parker, Dayton Daily News (August 24, 2014)

Common Core has recently become a topic of conversation around board rooms, dinner tables, committee hearings and political campaigns.

Plenty of questions in Common Core debate

By Catherine Candisky, The Columbus Dispatch (August 24, 2014)

Ohio was among the first states in the nation to adopt Common Core standards when they were approved without controversy in 2010 by the State Board of Education. But four years later, as Ohio schools have started implementing the standards, a fight has erupted in the Ohio House over the future of the guidelines for what students in grades K-12 should know in math and English/language arts.

Nixing Common Core could let some Ohio schools opt out of state tests

By Jim Siegel, The Columbus Dispatch (August 22, 2014)

Common Core opponents spent a third day yesterday urging lawmakers to pass a bill to eliminate the education standards in Ohio, and a key sponsor said it could lead to high-performing schools being able to opt out of most state testing. As written, House Bill 597 prohibits the state from withholding funds from a school district that chooses to not adopt new academic standards or state testing.

All about the politics

ByEditorial Board, Akron Beacon Journal (August 21, 2014)

During the many hours of committee hearings about the Common Core at the Statehouse this week, Tracy Maxwell Heard, the House minority leader, uttered the most accurate description of the events. The Columbus Democrat explained: “We’re here because Republicans are losing to tea party candidates, not because they have a sense of urgency about education.” A House Republican incumbent did lose his May primary race in the Cincinnati area to a severe critic of the education standards.

Kasich: Administration prepared to do more on Common Core if needed

By Staff Writer, The Hannah Report (August 21, 2014)

Gov. John Kasich refused to say Thursday if he would veto a Common Core repeal bill now moving through the House, but said he believes there need to be strong educational standards in the state. 

Board votes to back Common Core

By P.A. O'Donnell, The Plain Dealer (August 21, 2014)

The Cleveland school board voted Tuesday night to support keeping the Common Core educational standards and oppose a bill that would kill them in Ohio. District Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon also told the board Tuesday that he would travel to Columbus when hearings on House Bill 597 resume next week to testify against the bill and in support of the multistate standards.

Backtracking on Common Core hurts kids, Ohio

Op-ed by Thomas J. Lasley II, Dayton Daily News (August 21, 2014)

When four out of 10 freshmen at public colleges in Ohio need to take a remedial math or English course, something is wrong. We're not preparing young people well enough for the next step that most must take to secure a good job.

Common Core teaches kids critical thinking

By Andrew Speno, Cincinnati.com (August 21, 2014)

Regarding "Progressive education teaches values, not facts" (Aug. 16): Dave Miller would have us fighting for or against facts or values in American history education. The choice is a false one. Citizens want neither a history that preaches values nor one that recites dry facts.

Let the schools teach and the students learn

By Kathleen Carlberg, Cincinnati.com (August 21, 2014)

Joan Powell's guest column on the efforts to repeal Common Core is absolutely correct ("Stop moving the goal post," Aug 20). The Common Core standards were adopted to help our children develop the knowledge and skills that they will need to compete nationally and internationally, not just locally.

Standards offer neutral basis for discussion

By Bob Kling, Cincinnati.com (August 21, 2014)

I see Common Core like I see a dictionary: a neutral basis for discussion of the elements of education. My scant knowledge of Common Core includes insistence on critical thinking, or, easier said, skepticism. I will guess that a sizable portion of Ohio's resistance to the program is faith-based reaction to a perceived attack on elements of faith that rely on miracles, those events that are believed but unprovable and not able to be repeated or explained using science and mathematics.

Socratic method evident in Common Core standards

By Edward L. Smith, Jr., Cincinnati.com (August 21, 2014)

Dave Miller gave a critique of the Common Core Standards. He referred to an English lesson plan in which students are asked to analyze a speech Ronald Reagan gave to students at Moscow State University. Unfortunately, I think Miller missed the point of the exercise. The students were asked to "pretend they are reviewers for the former Communist Party newspaper, Pravda" and to "argue in at least 300 words why Reagan's speech was ineffective and/or false."

Faber Makes Public Call For Appointees To Review Common Core

By Staff Writer, Gongwer Ohio Report (August 21, 2014)

As a House panel examined legislation that would repeal Common Core education standards, Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) this week drew attention to newly-created study panels that were established to examine the standards.

Faber seeks participants in new academic content standards review committees

By Staff Writer, The Hannah Report (August 20, 2014)

As the House continued hearings on repealing the Common Core academic standards, Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) Wednesday sought letters of interest from members of the public who wish to serve on one of the four new Academic Content Standards Review committees. 

Intelligent design could be taught with Common Core’s repeal

By Catherine Candisky and Jim Siegel, The Columbus Dispatch (August 20, 2014)

In what could reignite a controversy that raged about eight years ago, a bill to repeal Common Core education standards in Ohio would allow intelligent design and creationism to be taught alongside evolution in science classes.

Kasich expresses support for Common Core standards

By Jim Otte, Dayton Daily News (August. 20, 2014)

Ahead in the polls and campaign fundraising, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Tuesday in Greene County that he supports the incoming wave of education standards known as “Common Core.” The curriculum standards were passed by state lawmakers in 2010, but this week they are the focus of contentious hearings in the Ohio House Rules Committee.

Cleveland school board votes to back Common Core and oppose HB597

By Patrick O’Donnell, The Plain Dealer (August 20, 2014)

The Cleveland school board voted Tuesday night to support keeping the Common Core educational standards and oppose a bill that would kill them in Ohio.

Common Core hearings continue with more State Board opposition, expert defense of standards

By Staff Writer, The Hannah Report (August 19, 2014)

The House notched another long day of testimony Wednesday on the proposal to withdraw Ohio from the Common Core standards and the consortium developing tests linked to it, with witnesses again focusing on concerns about loss of state and local control, as well as questioning the rigor of the standards' math requirements. But the hearing featured the first testimony of the week in defense of the standards as well.

Lehner Warns of 'Wild, Wild West' for Education; Batchelder Hasn't Counted Votes

By Staff Writer, The Hannah Report (August 19, 2014)

The head of the Senate Education Committee roundly rejected the Common Core repeal measure House Republicans are pursuing Tuesday, saying "It's absolutely imperative that this bill not pass."

What's behind the declining support for the Common Core?

By Michael J. Petrilli, Fordham's Common Core Watch (August 19, 2014)

Results from the annual Education Next poll are out today, and the news is not good for us proponents of the Common Core. Support among the public dropped from 65 percent to 53 percent in just one year (from June 2013 to June 2014); support from teachers plummeted from 76 to 46 percent. Republicans are now almost evenly split on the issue, with 43 percent in support, and 37 percent opposed.

Common Core supports speak against repeal effort in Ohio

By Marc Kovac, Gateway (August 19, 2014)

Two superintendents, a school board member and representatives of several union groups reiterated their support Aug. 18 for Common Core standards, saying a repeal now would undo years of preparation, force schools to revamp lesson plans and unnecessarily require new training for teachers. The Buckeye Association of School Administrators, the Ohio Association of School Business Officials and the Ohio School Boards Association are among the groups opposing efforts by some Statehouse Republicans to repeal Common Core.

Stop moving goal posts for schools

By Joan Powell(letter to the editor), Cincinnati Enquirer (August 19, 2014)

Many citizens throughout Ohio are now calling for the repeal of the Common Core standards. Knowing the political nature of our elected officials, it may very well happen. Once again, Ohio's students will be subjected to the vagaries of a constantly moving target.

Bill to kill Common Core limits foreign and modern authors; religion and science rules are unclear

By Patrick O'Donnell, The Plain Dealer (August 18, 2014)

The new bill that seeks to block the Common Core in Ohio would wipe out the state's just-adopted graduation requirements and also seeks to set broad standards on its own – taking aim at modern and foreign authors and taking an unclear stand on religious interpretations of science.

Common Core Brings Benefits to Both Education and Our Economy

By John Engler, President of Business Roundtable and Thomas J. Donohue,President of US Chamber of Commerce  (August 8, 2014)

America's public K-12 education system isn't making the grade.

Common Core for the common good

By Michael Douglas, Editorial Page Editor, Akron Beacon Journal (August 4, 2014)

A year ago, John Kasich pledged to veto legislation that would repeal the Common Core, the education standards adopted four years ago by the state and soon to be implemented in school districts.

Common Core should stay

By the Editorial Board, The Columbus Dispatch (August 1, 2014)

As a leading candidate to become the next Ohio House speaker, Rep. Cliff Rosenberger of Clarksville is gaining more visibility. With that comes responsibility, and he should take the opportunity to rein in opposition in the legislature to Common Core educational standards in Ohio in favor of focusing on more important issues facing Ohioans.

Common Core is common sense

By the Editorial Board, Chicago Tribune, republished in The Columbus Dispatch (June 2, 2014)

In 2010, a who’s who of American educators and politicians joined forces to spearhead a national initiative with wide appeal and few if any critics. It was called the Common Core. The pols and educators agreed: Too many U.S. students breezed through weak state achievement tests, only to falter against tougher national and international assessments. Many students who reached college needed intensive tutoring.

At the core, common good

By the Editorial Board, Akron Beacon Journal (May 28, 2014)

Peggy Lehner stressed last week that she and her Senate colleagues had listened, and now they would act on legislation, as part of the mid-biennium review, that addresses concerns about the Common Core. The chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee explained that the provisions would reassure regarding such matters as privacy and curriculum in public schools.

Opposing Common Core: A losing issue, even in GOP primaries

Column by Mike Petrilli and Michael Brichman, Town Hall (May 25, 2014)

Ever since election results from May 5th were finalized, a number of voices have loudly touted cherry-picked upsets—namely, the primary defeats of two incumbent Republicans in the Indiana legislature—to build what they want to present as a larger narrative of rising opposition to Common Core. This narrative is misleading. In fact, the GOP primary results from throughout this month showed, if anything, that opposing Common Core is not a ticket to office for a right-flank challenge to an incumbent, and the efficacy of attempts to take out Republicans from the right is vastly overrated. By the same token, there is mounting evidence that sitting Republicans who support Common Core will continue to be supported by their conservative base.

The only conspiracy about Common Core is in trying to improve the nation's lagging educational standards

By Brent Larkin, The Plain Dealer, (May 23, 2014)

Common Core makes common sense. What makes no sense is handing high school diplomas every spring to millions of young people who don’t know very much. Common Core raises the bar. Enacted by 45 states, including Ohio, it sets higher standards that require students to learn more English and math in school. Then it gets out of the way and allows school districts to figure out the curriculum and methods to get it done. 

Common Core standards are vital to Ohio’s future

Op-ed by Richard A. Stoff, The Columbus Dispatch (May 15, 2014)

Staying the course on full implementation of Ohio’s New Learning Standards, including the Common Core State Standards for English and math, is absolutely vital to the future success of our children and to the economic health of our state.

Testing the test: Ohio districts try out the Common Core Assessment

By Bill Rice, NPR/State Impact Ohio (May 8, 2014)

With her first encounter with the new Common Core Assessment behind her Lorain math teacher Kristen Mackey is back in her classroom, doing what comes as second nature to her: working through problems with her students. “You have your X,1, Y,1… "

New standards focus on college, career readiness

By Lisa Gray, OSBA Journal (April 2014)

The Ohio Standard’s Project Director Lisa Gray shares the facts about the standards and how they are benefitting students, parents and families, educators, and employers.

Test boycotts help no one

By the Editorial Board, The Columbus Dispatch (April 21, 2014)

Parents have a right and an obligation to oversee their children’s education, but those who simply take their ball and go home by refusing to allow their children to take state-mandated tests undermine Ohio’s effort to ensure a better education for everyone.

Only minor bugs revealed in Common Core field test

By Bill Rice, NPR/State Impact Ohio (April 21, 2014)

Nearly half of Ohio school districts have just finished up a trial run of tests incorporating Common Core, the new set of education standards adopted by most states.

Take a sneak peek at the new Common Core exams that are coming to Ohio

By Patrick O’Donnell, The Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com (April 20, 2014)

Here's a look at a few sample Common Core practice tests that preview the exams Ohio students will take next year, and which are having trials in Ohio schools right now. The examples are from just-released practice tests found on the website of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), the multi-state testing group Ohio belongs to. The samples are from Grade 3, the earliest grade available, and Grade 11, the oldest.

Students deserve higher assessment standards 

Letter to the Editor, Cincinnati Enquirer (April 10, 2014)

Lately, there has been a lot of talk nationally regarding the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tied to the Common Core standards. Despite the negative talk, Ohio needs to embrace the PARCC. For too long, Ohio's tests have not measured the critical thinking skills that our students actually need to succeed and become contributing members of our democratic society. But thanks to Ohio's New Learning Standards – as well as the PARCC assessments with which they are aligned – we can be sure that our students are on track for college and career readiness.

The sound of ideas: Common core update (audio)

By Amy Hansen, NPR/State Impact Ohio (April 9, 2014)

Dry runs of Common Core tests going well, according to state and its testing partner

By Patrick O’Donnell, The Plain Dealer (March 25, 2014)

The first day of testing out the new Common Core exams that Ohio and other states will start using for real next year went well Monday, according to Ohio's testing partnership and the state. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) - the testing partnership Ohio joined along with 16 other states - reported Monday that more than 40,000 students took the tests. "It has gone more or less as we expected – some glitches, but overall fairly smooth," PARCC said on its website. PARCC is offering updates throughout the day and through its Twitter account @PARCCPlace. The Preble-Shawnee Jr./Sr. High School in Ohio was the first to log on and try the tests.

Common Core enables students to achieve 

Letter to the Editor from Linda R. Johnson, Cincinnati Enquirer (March 13, 2014)

As a Common Core State Standards Coach coach in Cincinnati Public Schools, I have had the opportunity to see marvelous conversations in the classroom around conceptual understandings of Mathematics and Science, as well as increased content knowledge in Social Studies. I have also witnessed students speaking and writing with an increased academic vocabulary, and the ability to produce well written products which are much more rigorous than I witnessed before the implementation of the CCSS. The CCSS allow teachers to focus, not on a test, but on the mastery of conceptual understanding in areas of Mathematics and Science.

Standards help students forced to move often

By Chad Aldis, The Newark Advocate (February 12, 2014)

Ohio’s large populations of mobile students — kids who transfer schools each year — pose a pressing challenge to schools tasked with providing the new students a smooth transition while maintaining a quality education for all students. A recent Newark Advocate piece dove into educators’ struggles, as well as the struggles switching schools poses for mobile families. Fortunately, Ohio has taken one crucial step toward ensuring students have a consistent learning baseline to help navigate their classroom transitions: adopting Ohio’s New Learning Standards.

Report: 40% of Ohio grads need developmental courses in college

By Denise Dick, The Youngstown Vindicator (February 7, 2014)

Even students from high-performing schools and districts in the Mahoning Valley took developmental math and English courses their first year of college, an Ohio Board of Regents report shows.

No delays on the Common Core

By the Editorial Board, The Plain Dealer (January 29, 2014)

The Ohio Senate has to reject House Bill 193, an ill-conceived measure that would delay significant aspects of Common Core testing for a year, likely derailing this promising and long-planned effort to prepare Ohio’s students more effectively for jobs and careers. And make no mistake: Derailment is exactly what would happen if the bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Andrew Brenner, a Republican from Delaware County, has his way.

Common Core helps U.S. kids compete

By Stu Harris (letter to the editor), The Columbus Dispatch (January 25, 2014)

I admire op-ed columnist George F. Will and have read his work since David Brinkley started hosting the Sunday-morning talk show bearing his name, with a supporting cast including Will, Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts. But as a member of the Dublin City School District Board of Education, I find myself in stark disagreement with his recent opinion on the Common Core education standards (“Growing chorus saying no to Common Core,” op-ed, Jan. 16).

Common Core prompts new teaching style

By Amy Kronenberger, The Daily Standard (January 11, 2014)

Teaching methods in public schools are changing with the implementation this fall of Common Core State Standards. Area school districts have spent three years preparing for the new standards that will be fully implemented by the 2014-2015 school year. Common Core in Ohio includes standards in math and language arts and has been adopted by 44 other states. It focuses student learning on critical thinking and a deeper understanding of the material, according to the Ohio Department of Education.

2 area schools receive Monsanto grants

By William Laney, LimaOhio.com (January 7, 2014)

Two area school districts received a total of $20,000 to help incorporate Common Core State Standards and hands-on learning into math and science curriculum. Crestview Local Schools in Van Wert County and New Knoxville Local Schools in Auglaize County each received $10,000 through the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, a program sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

How the Common Core is changing how kids learn in English class

By Molly Bloom, State Impact Ohio/National Public Radio (December 16, 2013)

Teacher Karen Hazlett’s fourth graders spent much of this fall learning about child labor – during English class. Hazlett teaches in Akron’s Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts. This is her 34th year in the classroom. And until recently, child labor probably would not have been a central topic in fourth grade English. Instead, Hazlett’s students would have read mostly fiction, and answer questions about their opinions on plot and characters.

Medina County schools are ready for Common Core standards

By Donna J. Miller, The Plain Dealer (December 2, 2013)

Northern Medina County school districts are well on their way to aligning teaching with the new Common Core standards that detail what students have to know by the end of each grade. While some educators have criticized the standards, being implemented in 45 states, Brunswick's Director of Education, Nancy Duelley, and Technology Director Kathy Verhest like Common Core.

Common Core is crucial to student success

By Damon Asbury, OSBA Journal (December 2013)

The transition to Ohio’s new learning standards and the accompanying next-generation assessments has been the focus of conversation among professional educators and other stakeholders for several years.The new standards often are referred to as the Common Core, since they have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia. However, a recent survey conducted by Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) and Gallup found that public awareness and understanding of the new standards are spotty, at best.

Stand up for Common Core

By the Editorial Board, The Columbus Dispatch (November 30, 2013)

An hours-long, crowded and noisy committee hearing last week on a bill that would repeal stronger math and reading standards for Ohio’s schoolchildren probably wasn’t much fun. It was, however, reassuring evidence that plenty of folks are standing up to defend the standards. Fortunately, supporters of the Common Core math and reading standards include state Rep. Gerald Stebelton, R-Lancaster, who is chairman of the House Education Committee, where Marietta Republican Rep. Andrew Thompson’s bill is being heard. Stebelton, who has said the bill to repeal the standards would move the state backward, should stick to his guns. And House Speaker William G. Batchelder, R-Medina, should back him up.

Core Questions: Does the Common Core Meet the Needs of Special Education Students?    

By Amy Hansen, State Impact Ohio (November 13, 2013)

How does the Common Core address the needs of the special education population?

Bill Zelei, director of the Ohio Schools Council and a past Ohio Department of Education associate superintendent, says the Common Core will offer more individualized approaches to learning, which could be a benefit for students with disabilities. “One of the things about special ed is that you’re not learning the way that the majority of the population learns,” Zelei said. “And so the Common Core is going to broaden the way we instruct. It should provide more access to special ed children to be able to access the content.”

Hamler, WEA oppose legislator's effort to repeal new Common Core standards

By Deborah M. Dunlap, This Week News (Whitehall, OH) (October 29, 2013)

With the rollout of Ohio's new Common Core standards, a Marietta lawmaker is looking to repeal the curriculum. Whitehall City Schools Superintendent Brian Hamler and Whitehall Education Association president Alisha Wilson agree such action could prove disastrous. State Rep. Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) introduced House Bill 237 in July to repeal the State Board of Education's June 2010 decision to adopt the Common Core academic standards in both language arts and math. The bill would halt Ohio public schools from further implementing Common Core and apply new academic content standards only after receiving public input and holding public hearings. The bill also forbids any outside control when it comes to Ohio's education.

Keep Common Core

By the Editorial Board, The Toledo Blade (October 25, 2013)

Ohio high school graduates shouldn’t have to take remedial courses in college. They should be equipped to compete across the nation and the world. Their education should be rigorous, no matter how poor or rich their school district is. That’s what Common Core, the national education standards set to take effect in Ohio and throughout the country next year, is about. Nothing should impede its rollout in our state. A bill before the state House would void Common Core standards in Ohio. Fortunately, the chairman of the House Education Committee, state Rep. Gerald Stebelton (R., Lancaster), isn’t buying into the nonsense.

Ohio kids need Common Core standards

By Richard C. Lewis, Executive Director of the Ohio School Boards Association, The Columbus Dispatch (September 14, 2013)

We must not let the loud voices of a few negatively affect the future of our children and our state. Recently, there has been a flurry of activity and statements aimed at undermining the Common Core. Opponents attribute their opposition to these new standards by calling them a federal mandate. The new, more rigorous standards have been criticized as an attempt by “big brother” to take over our schools. This notion could not be further from the truth.


School Leaders to Trim Testing, But Keep Yearly Assessments

By Liana Heitin, Education Week (October 21, 2014)

State schools chiefs and a national group representing 67 big-city districts are throwing their collective weight behind an effort to reduce test-taking in public schools, while also holding fast to key annual standardized assessments.

What’s Right about Common Core

By Robert Pondiscio, National Review (October 10, 2014)

I confess I’m somewhat bewildered by the passionate arguments over the Common Core State Standards. Getting in high dudgeon about K–12 learning standards, which say almost nothing about what kids do in school all day, makes no more sense to me than getting apoplectic about food-handling procedures, which I seldom think about when pushing my cart through the grocery store. In New York City, where I live, architects seem grimly determined of late to litter the skyline with strange new monstrosities, each a greater eyesore than the last. It had not occurred to me to blame Gotham’s building codes. 

Ex-Georgia Governor: Time for conservatives to reclaim Common Core standards

By Gov Sonny Perdue, Fox News (October 10, 2014)

Across the country a false narrative is perpetuating the idea that conservatives are ready to cede the fight we started years ago for high education standards. From the headlines and from the bullhorns of commentators, one might well conclude Common Core Standards are all but doomed. 

Knowledge Makes a Comeback

By Sol Stern, National Review (October 9, 2014)

I began writing about education 20 years ago, in part because of the disturbing instructional practices I was seeing at my children’s New York City elementary school. When my oldest son was accepted for the kindergarten class at P.S. 87 (despite living outside the catchment area) my wife and I celebrated our good luck. Also known as the William Tecumseh Sherman School, P.S. 87 was considered the crown jewel of Manhattan’s Upper West Side by the neighborhood’s liberal parents. It had just been named by Parents magazine as one of the ten best elementary schools — public or private — in the United States.

Op-Ed: Don’t let misinformation destroy the promise of Common Core

By Jennifer Alexander, CT Mirror (October 9, 2014)

Regarding Joseph A. Ricciotti’s op-ed (re: “Common Core takes the joy out of teaching,” Oct. 6, 2014), I could not disagree more. Mr. Ricciotti’s assessment ignores the wide support for the Common Core State Standards among teachers and, more troublingly, the reality of public education today

School superintendents standing by Common Core State Standards

By Lindsey Layton, The Washington Post (October 8, 2014)

A majority of school officials responsible for implementing the Common Core State Standards say the new national academic benchmarks are more rigorous than their previous state standards and will improve the skills of students, according to a new national survey released Wednesday.

Fact-Check: Hagan, Tillis on healh law, pay, Common Core

By Renee Schoof, Raleigh News & Observer (October 7, 2014

The claim: Tillis said the Affordable Care Act, which he and other critics call “Obamacare,” killed 2.5 million jobs.

Common Core State Standards in 2014: Districts’ Perceptions, Progress, and Challenges

By Diane Stark Rentner and Nancy Kober, Center on Education Policy (October 8, 2014)

States, school districts, and schools are at a crucial phase of implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) at the very time when mounting criticisms and attempts in some states to derail the standards make their future uncertain. These voluntary, state-developed standards outline the knowledge and skills that students in grades K-12 are expected to learn in mathematics and English language arts (ELA) to be prepared for college and careers. As of September 2014, 43 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the CCSS in both subjects, and an additional state, Minnesota, has adopted the ELA standards only.

Are Teachers Warming Up to the Common Core?

By Emily Richmond, The Atlantic (October 6, 2014)

In a new survey, teachers say they’re feeling more confident about using the Common Core State Standards in their classrooms—an optimistic finding that comes even as recent polls suggest dwindling public support for the initiative.

Parent says no mush for his first-grader

By Jay Mathews, The Washington Post (October 5, 2014)

Mike Petrilli is the new president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, one of the most energetic and influential education policy think tanks. He also is the father of a child in the Montgomery County school system. Education leaders are often put off by parents who know a lot about schools and won’t shut up. Petrilli is definitely in that category.

Survey: Common Core standards working well

By Greg Toppo, USA Today (October 3, 2014)

"Common Core" academic guidelines for public schools are sowing controversy as teachers implement them across the USA. Several states have balked at requiring them and even comedian Louis C.K. last May took to Twitter to complain, "My kids used to love math. Now it makes them cry. Thanks standardized testing and common core!"

Ky. report cards: the good, the bad, the controversial

By Jessica Brown, Cincinnati Enquirer (October 3, 2014)

Most Northern Kentucky school districts improved their scores on Kentucky's 2013-14 school report cards, released Friday by the Kentucky Department of Education, mirroring a trend throughout the state.

Common Core Criticisms Miss the Mark

By Jonathon Medeiros, Civil Beat (October 1, 2014)

In their June 8, 2013 opinion piece published in The New York Times, co-writers Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus discuss students taking their “first Common Core State Standards tests.” They go on to imply that the standards are a curriculum complete with mandated assessments that create unhealthy stress on teachers and students and emphasize uniformity.

Fuller Endorses Common Core

By Matthew Wisla, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service (October 1, 2014)

This is no time for Wisconsin to abandon the Common Core education standards, according to Howard Fuller, former superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools.

Superintendents Support Common-Assessment Consortia

By Arianna Prothero, Education Week (September 29, 2014)

About two-thirds of district superintendents say states should stick with their common-core testing consortia, while 16 percent remain on the fence over the issue, according to results from a new survey.

Common Core Controversy: Is It All Politics?

By Allie Bidwell, U.S. News (September 26, 2014)

It sounds like the chicken-and-egg debate.

Common Core math is not fuzzy: Column

By Solomon Friedberg, USA Today (September 15, 2014)

Common Core math is getting the works from critics: It's too demanding for most kids; holds back the speedy kids; not the same as what parents already know; makes kids cry. It even promotes "fuzzy math."

Fact Check: Is there bipartisan support for Common Core?

By Julia Shumway, The Republic (September 15, 2014)

A bipartisan group of governors and state schools officials began crafting the Common Core State Standards in 2009. The effort was prompted by a realization that each state having its own standards for education and graduation created differences in students' proficiency as they entered college or the workforce.

'New math' is really just new approach

By Patti Zarling, Press Gazette Media (September 15, 2014)

It's still 2 + 2 = 4 and 2 + 3 = 5, but students may use different ways to get to the other side of the equal sign.

Ted Cruz and Bill Bennett: Two brave men

By Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post (September 11, 2014)

When pundits and politicians talk about “courage,” they don’t mean physical courage, and they don’t usually mean courage at all. For politicians, being brave is often doing exactly what they, their base and the polls favor anyway. When pundits brag about being “brave” (as left-wing scribblers do in bashing Israel), that, too, can be anything but. There are exceptions, of course, the most impressive one being President George W. Bush’s decision on the Iraq surge.

New 'Leaders and Laggards' Report From U.S. Chamber: Which States Improved?

By Andrew Ujifusa, Ed Week  (September 11, 2014)

Seven years after its "Leaders and Laggards" analysis found that states needed to do "a far better job" of delivering high-quality education, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has released the 2014 version of its report grading each state's education policy and outcomes on an A-F scale, and surveying the national landscape of student achievement. 

The Conservative Case for Common Core

By William J. Bennett, The Wall Street Journal (September 10, 2014)

As the former Secretary of Education for President Ronald Reagan, I have been following the national debate over Common Core standards. The debate is getting hotter, but not always clearer. It's time to get clarity on some things that have been badly and sometimes mischievously muddled.

Common Core 2.0: Common Core by another name

By Lindsey Layton, The Washington Post (September 10, 2014)

As the national debate over the Common Core K-12 academic standards rages on, most of the states that originally adopted them are standing by the standards, though they’re calling them something different.

What have states actually done in crusade against Common Core?

By Amanda Paulson, Christian Science Monitor (September 10, 2014)

Some states are rebelling against Common Core education standards adopted by 45 states, saying it is a sign of federal overreach. But few states are actually taking concrete steps, according to a new study.

How Google Apps for Education Can Help You Implement Common Core

By Eva Harvell, The Journal (September 9, 2014)

Imagine giving more than 5,000 students an e-mail address, access to 30 GB of cloud storage and the ability to collaborate with each other. This is what the Pascagoula School District <http://psd.schooldesk.net/> (MS) did during the 2013-2014 school year. When Mississippi adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in 2010, Pascagoula saw that there would be a growing requirement for increased levels of student collaboration, and students and teachers would need to master technical skills such as keyboarding and online research. The district began preparing by adding thumb drives to the supply lists, but we needed a way for students to connect and collaborate with fellow students as well as teachers. Students also needed a way to share and store documents and class presentations. The solution was Google Apps for Education (GAFE).

New Common Core math standards add up to big changes

By Jill Tucker, SFGate, (September 6, 2014)

Some say the new Common Core math standards are too easy. Others say they're too hard or too focused on ideas rather than correct answers.

Common Core, a Work in Progress

By the Editorial Board, Bloomberg View (September 4, 2014)

There is nothing sacred about Common Core, the educational standards that are attracting renewed criticism as the school year begins. The standards, which are intended to ensure that students graduate from high school prepared to do college-level work, were not handed down from the heavens on stone tablets. They are a major improvement over previous standards in most states, but they remain a work in progress.

Nancy Kaffer: Terri Lynn Land needs schooling on facts about Common Core

By Nancy Kaffer, Detroit Free Press (September 4, 2014)

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land opposes the Common Core educational standards.
While the standards have bipartisan support, including the backing of former Michigan Gov. John Engler,
in recent weeks, the Republican National Committee passed a resolution against the standards, and a
handful of well-known Republicans have declared war on Common Core.

Restarting the Common Core debate

By Michael J. Petrilli & Neal P. McCluskey, The Washington Times (September 1, 2014)

Over the past couple of years, a raucous debate has emerged over the Common Core, content standards in English and mathematics adopted by states nationwide. The debate has been marked by acrimony rather than analysis, but there is hope that both sides want a reset. We — one Core advocate, one opponent — want to assist by laying out the facts on which we think everyone should agree.

The miseducation of Bobby Jindal

By the Editorial Board, The Washington Post (August 31, 2014)

LOUISIANA GOV. Bobby Jindal’s efforts to withdraw his state from the Common Core State Standards were successfully rebuffed by members of his own administration. His attempted end-run to the courts was smacked down by a state judge who said the Republican governor’s actions were harmful to parents, teachers and students. That should have been the end of the matter, particularly with school starting, but sadly Mr. Jindal seems more intent on burnishing his conservative credentials for a presidential run than in serving the interests of students.

Oklahoma’s public schools are starting the year in legal limbo

By Max Ehrenfreund, The Washington Post (August 30, 2014)

As the new school year starts around the country, educators and students in Oklahoma are caught in the middle of a dispute between the U.S. government and the state's lawmakers over what to teach in their classrooms and how.

Oklahoma Loses Waiver From No Child Left Behind Provisions

By Motoko Rich, The New York Times (August 29, 2014)

As a result of its retreat from Common Core, a set of reading and math standards adopted by more than 40 states, Oklahoma was notified Thursday that it lost its waiver from key provisions of No Child Left Behind, the signature Bush-era education law.

Mike Huckabee calls for ceasefire on Common Core debate

By Caitlin Emma, Politico (August 22, 2014)

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee called for a cease-fire in the war over the Common Core on Friday, saying it makes no sense to “shed blood” over the standards when there’s no value in it for students.

Judge rules Louisiana schools will use Common Core tests as public support for standards wanes

By Kyla Calvert, PBS Newshour (August 20, 2014)

A Louisiana state judge has ruled against Gov. Bobby Jindal’s efforts to suspend the state’s contract to use Common Core-aligned tests in public schools next spring. By suspending the contract with an executive order earlier this summer, Jindal could have single-handedly removed Louisiana from the group of more than 40 states where schools will be using the Common Core State Standards for math and English this year.

Common Core will stand in Louisiana for now, judge says

By Sarah Ferris, The Washington Post (August 20, 2014)

A Louisiana judge ruled against Gov. Bobby Jindal’s fight to delay Common Core implementation, clearing the way for state schools to move forward with the controversial standards this fall.

A tale of two polls

By Cory Turner, NPR (August 20, 2014)

Two new polls this week attempt to quantify the public's feelings for the Common Core State Standards. The K-12 benchmarks in English and math were little known this time last year. But they've since become the subject of a high-profile political fight. Now a majority of the public opposes them. Or do they? Poll No. 1, out today, puts support for the Core at just 33 percent. But Poll No. 2, released yesterday, puts it at 53 percent. That's a big difference.

Americans react to Common Core and other Education policies

By Michael B. Henderson and Paul E. Peterson, Education Next (August 20, 2014)

Although opposition to Common Core education standards is growing, an overwhelming majority of Americans remain supportive of these standards. A majority also back government funding of preschool education for disadvantaged children. At the same time, Americans are becoming increasingly resistant to demands for greater education spending and higher teacher pay. They give a higher evaluation to private schools than to public ones in their local community, but opposition to market-oriented school-reform proposals such as performance pay for teachers and school vouchers seems to be on the rise. Those are just a few of the findings from the seventh annualEducation Next (EdNext) poll administered under the auspices of the Harvard Program on Education Policy and Governance (PEPG) to a representative sample of the U.S. adult population. Teachers, parents, African Americans, and Hispanic respondents were also surveyed in large enough numbers to provide reliable estimates of their opinions. Detailed results from 2013 and from previous years are available on the EdNext website.

Common-Core repeal would hurt Ohio education

Op-ed by Renee Middleton, Education Week (August 19, 2014)

Republicans in the Ohio House of Representatives are seeking to pass a bill to repeal the Common Core State Standards in November, an outcome that would have devastating consequences for public education in the state. The common core has been accepted in more than 40 states, including Ohio. It is not a radical policy favored only by the few; rather, it is a refreshingly rational and commonsense approach to improving public education in America—and it hasn't come easy.

Clearing up some misconceptions about Common Core

By Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes, KTAR News (August 18, 2014)

The debate over the effect Common Core has on education is likely to be brought up during Arizona's gubernatorial races, but there are some misconceptions about the program.

Basically, Common Core sets an annual expectation for students in English and math. By the end of the school year, they are expected to be at a certain point.

How do you take the measure of a school year?

By Jessica Lahey, The New York Times (June 19, 2014)

As the school year draws to a close, teachers and parents are left wondering how to take its measure, to identify their successes, failures and lessons learned. For those who follow education news, 2013-14 has been The Year of Big Data, and conclusions from recently published studies and surveys have been released in the media like so many rubber balls from a dump truck. The resulting bouncy chaos has been difficult to subdue, let alone organize and interpret.

Field test of Common Core exams went well, officials say

By Lyndsey Layton, The Washington Post (June 19, 2014)

More than 1 million students in 14 states tested new Common Core standardized exams this spring, and the experiment went well, the test creators said Thursday. The field tests — administered to students in grades 3 through 11 in Maryland, D.C. and elsewhere — were meant to help fine-tune the online exams before they go live next year.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation urges delay for Common Core actions

By Elizabeth Jones, PBS Newshour (June 11, 2014)

One of the most ardent supporters of the Common Core education guidelines, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is urging participating states to delay major accountability decisions based on assessment tests aligned to the standards. The foundation’s director of education, Vicki Phillips, suggested in an open letter released Tuesday that significant actions tied to the testing, such as teacher evaluation and student promotion, be pushed back by two years.

More Common Core silliness

By Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post (June 11, 2014)

Right-wing opposition to Common Core, as I’ve written before, is partly based on a series of blatant misrepresentations (or, to be generous, misunderstandings) as to what it is. That has sent some presidential aspirants on a crusade to “repeal Common Core.” This is daft since there is no federal law, statute or regulation implementing Common Core. It was an initiative undertaken by a large number of states; some have continued with the effort, a few have left and a few never joined. If one is arguing that education is a state matter, it is not only inaccurate but bizarre to campaign for president on the pledge to get rid of it.

College leaders rally around Common Core

By Allie Bidwell, U.S. News & World Report (June 10, 2014)

While hundreds of higher education leaders from across the country are intensifying their support of the controversial Common Core State Standards, a major financier of the academic benchmarks is expected to urge states to slow down and delay high-stakes consequences tied to them. More than 200 leaders in 33 states Tuesday announced the formation of their coalition – Higher Ed for Higher Standards – urging states reconsidering whether to adopt the standards or the aligned assessments to stay the course and make adjustments with implementation along the way. The Common Core standards, they said, are necessary to improve college completion rates and economic success.

Use the Common Core. Use it widely. Use it well.

By Brit Kirwan, Timothy White and Nancy Zimpher, The Chronicle of Higher Education (June 10, 2014)

Many of us in higher education have observed an increasing number of students arriving at our doorstep not fully prepared to pursue a college degree. This is our collective problem as a nation. Our country, and our local communities, can ill afford to turn our backs on these prospective students and their families. Consequently, higher education has invested billions of public dollars every year in so-called remedial education to prepare students for basic mathematics and writing. This is not sustainable. There has to be a better way.

The Common Core curriculum void

By Cory Turner, NPR (June 3, 2014)

Right now, America's schools are in a sprint. Forty-four states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State Standards. That means new learning benchmarks for the vast majority of the nation's young students — millions of kids from kindergarten through high school. And, for many of them, the Core Standards will feel tougher than what they're used to. Because they are tougher.

A glimpse of Common Core in the special education classroom

By Lindsey Siemens, Huffington Post (June 2, 2014)

"They can't do that...they can hardly read!" I had just told a colleague about a string of lessons I was preparing to teach, during which my students would need to merge the concepts of the Jewish Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s through exploration of photographs, video and personal letters from survivors. My colleague's words echoed off the walls of my special education classroom and yet she was simply stating what she thought was the truth.

Have patience on imperfect Common Core

Column by John Ewing, USA Today (May 21, 2014)

The public discourse over the Common Core Standards has gotten out of hand as opposing sides have become increasingly polarized. Opponents attack the standards writers and condemn the new assessments; proponents accuse opponents of obstructionism, complain that current standards are too low and blame weak teachers. To the extent that anyone actually refers to the standards themselves, the references are often inaccurate.

Sixty years later, education inequities remain

Op-ed by Ben Jealous, USA Today (May 17, 2014)

When Thurgood Marshall walked through the doors of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1952 to challenge the doctrine of "separate but equal," he knew that he was only focusing on one half of the problem. Marshall had spent his early years at the NAACP fighting for equal access to high-quality education in all-black and all-white schools alike. By the 1950's the political winds had shifted enough to challenge legalized segregation, but there was a catch: equal education had to take a back seat.

Common Core eases one burden for military families

By Paul Eaton, News Observer (May 9, 2014)

Growing up in a military family is stressful. We put up with repeated parent deployments to dangerous places. We’re asked to endure frequent moves, to abandon our friends and teachers, and to adapt to new environments. We can all agree that what children of military families don’t need is extra stress in the classroom. But too often schools in different districts and states have dissimilar curricula, standards and graduation requirements. So when every state in the union has its own standards, military sons and daughters are either bored because they have already mastered the material or forced to play catch-up.

Time to take a stand

Op-ed by Dan Greenstein and Vicki Phillips, Inside Higher Ed  (April 28, 2014)

Over the years, we wanted to learn more about why young people who start college don’t earn degrees in greater numbers. We had reams of data on the issue, but we wanted to hear from college leaders — presidents, chancellors, and deans. From their campus-level perspective, what were the biggest barriers preventing students from completing their postsecondary educations?

Why we support the Common Core

By Richard Barth, Kipp Blog (April 24, 2014)

As the leader of a national network of 141 charter schools serving over 50,000 students—88 percent of whom are eligible for free and reduced-price lunch—the most frequent question I have gotten this year is: “Are you supportive of the Common Core?” I get these questions when I travel to urban as well as rural communities across the country. I also get these questions when I am home in New York watching my children play soccer. There are legitimate concerns around Common Core’s implementation, and we will need to address them. But I want to share with our community why KIPP remains a firm believer in Common Core, and how we’re embracing it across our network of schools.

When the circus descends 

By David Brooks, The New York Times (April 17, 2014)

We are pretty familiar with this story: A perfectly sensible if slightly boring idea is walking down the street. Suddenly, the ideological circus descends, burying the sensible idea in hysterical claims and fevered accusations. The idea’s political backers beat a craven retreat. The idea dies. This is what seems to be happening to the Common Core education standards, which are being attacked on the right because they are common and on the left because they are core.

Teachers reveal what they REALLY think about Common Core

By the Higher State Standards Partnership, The Daily Caller  (March 17, 2014)

Shocking news: In classrooms and school staff meetings across the country, teachers and school administrators are sharing enthusiasm over new educational standards known as the Common Core State Standards. That’s because the Common Core State Standards were designed with one singular intention: to raise the bar for students graduating from U.S. high schools. The world marketplace is changing, and many in the education and business communities realized that our students were falling behind other nations on internationally benchmarked tests. A course change was needed to ensure all students graduated from high school ready to tackle postsecondary coursework or a job.

The history of Common Core State Standards

By Allie Bidwell, U.S. News & World Report (February 27, 2014)

For some, the Common Core State Standards seemed to come from nowhere, and appeared to be a sneaky attack on states' rights to control local education. But for those involved in writing the standards, it was nothing short of an exhaustive and collaborative years-long effort aimed at raising the achievement levels ofstudents across the country.

Nuclear core

By NL | Chicago, The Economist (January 16, 2014)

THIS year anyone with any interest in education will find it hard to ignore the growing, and often nonsensical, row over the common-core standards, due to be fully introduced in the 2014-15 school year. As anxiety has grown over the introduction of these new performance measures, critics from both the left and right have piled in to attack them. These complaints range from fair critiques over some botched implementations, hysterical nonsense and downright lies. And as the year progresses, parts of the right will continue to wage a campaign against the common core, hoping to gain influence and even to move forward a more radical agenda.

State lawmakers face tough choices on Common Core

By Andrew Ujifusa, EdWeek (January 7, 2014)

State legislators begin their 2014 sessions this month grappling with the best way forward on the Common Core State Standards in a tricky political climate, with a majority of governors and lawmakers up for election in the fall. For many states, this year will be a key juncture for decisions about the standards—and related exams—before their full weight is felt in classrooms, district offices, and state education departments in the 2014-15 school year.

Leaders of teachers union, business group join to support Common Core standards

By Lyndsey Layton, The Washington Post (December 18, 2013)

The head of the country’s second-largest teachers union and a business leader who tried to weaken unions as a onetime governor of Michigan have made a joint plea to the nation’s governors to stand by the controversial Common Core academic standards.

Read the letter from John Engler and Randi Weingarten here.

Don't fear Common Core

By Andrew Vega, The Los Angeles Times (September 19, 2013)

I used to be afraid of the Common Core, a national effort to align public school curriculum goals across state lines and provide better tools for measuring what students are learning. I feared the new standards would lead to my students failing and that I would be scapegoated for those failures. But after two years of working with the Common Core in my Boston classroom, I'm a convert..

Other States

The Common Core: Educators, students and families continue to study the state standards and learn by doing

By Jennie Grey, The Saratogian (October 18, 2014)

The Capital Region >> The Common Core State Standards, now in their fourth year in New York, continue to have a huge effect on teaching and learning throughout the state and the country, with voices raised both for and against them.

Common Core Classroom Perspectives: Teachers Respond to N.Y. Principal Carol Burris

By Robbie Torney and Lauren Trahan, Real Clear Education (October 9, 2014)

In “Common Core ‘Goes Way, Way, Too Far,’” N.Y. Principal Carol Burris critiques the Common Core State Standards based on her experience as a high school principal. We would like to counter her critiques based on our experiences as current classroom teachers.

Conservatives for Common Core: Why you should support it

By  Michael J. Petrilli and Michael Brickman, Detriot Free Press (October 9, 2014)

This year will carry special significance throughout much of the country, including Michigan, as schools complete the transition to the Common Core standards.

Common Core tests now a ticket out of college remedial classes

By Katherine Long, The Seattle Times (October 7, 2014)

A new agreement among the state’s public colleges will raise the value of a couple of Washington’s high-school exams.

Governor, A.G. say Common Core hasn't cost Utah control of education standards

By McKenzie Romero , Deseret News (October 7, 2014)

Utah's governor and attorney general assured Tuesday that the state's adoption of the Common Core did not violate any laws and has not compromised the state's control over its own curriculums.

In NC, ruining the hard-won rewards of tougher school standards

By Michael J. Petrilli and Michael Brickman, Raleigh News & Observer  (October 6, 2014)

This school year will carry special significance throughout much of the country, including North Carolina, as schools complete the transition to the Common Core standards. This coming spring, students statewide will for the first time take a new assessment aligned to the new, tougher standards. This marks a critical milestone for the Common Core, but more importantly for the decades-long journey to improve America’s schools.

Low test scores may add to Utah debate over teaching math

By Benjamin Wood, The Salt Lake Tribune (October 6, 2014)

Utah’s path to the Common Core began with a math problem.

Editorial: Common Core myths --true or false?

By The Editorial Board, Newsday (October 3, 2014)

For many parents, students and educators, frustration has been the dominant emotion associated with Common Core. That frustration is likely to increase as parents receive individual scores for annual standardized tests students took last spring. These were the second set based on Common Core standards. And we already know there will be some unhappiness, because the statewide and district results were pretty poor: On Long Island, 43.4 percent of students in the third through eighth grades scored proficient or better in math. In English, 36.8 percent scored proficient or better.

Georgia teachers: Wording of Common Core works for us

By Maureen Downey, Atlanta Journal Constitution (September 29, 2014)

Critics of Common Core contend the math and English language arts/literacy standards are poorly written and confuse teachers.

Op-ed: Don’t let Common Core fears lead to mediocrity

Op-Ed by Michael J. Petrilli and Michael Brickman, The Salt Lake Tribune (September 26, 2014)

Every new school year starts with great excitement and anticipation for students, teachers, and parents alike. This year will carry special significance throughout much of the country, including Utah, as schools complete the transition to the Common Core standards (a.k.a., Utah Core State Standards). This coming spring, students statewide will for the first time take a new assessment aligned to the new, tougher standards. This marks a critical milestone for the Common Core, but more importantly, for the decades-long journey to improve America’s schools.

Preaching to the Core

By the Editorial Board, York Dispatch (September 17, 2014)

Gov. Tom Corbett can't seem to convince the masses a $1 billion cut to public education under his watch actually was the largest bump in school funding ... ever.

Where Common Core is not controversial

By Robert Pondiscio, The Education Gadfly Weekly (September 17, 2014)

For over a year, I’ve been encouraging Common Core advocates to stop endlessly re-litigating the standards and instead to focus on getting implementation right. Taking my own advice last week, I traveled to Reno to see first-hand the work of the Core Task Project (http://coretaskproject.com), the initiative driving implementation of the standards in Washoe County, Nevada.

WRIGHT: Common Core embraced by N.J. educators

By Patricia Wright, Asbury Park Press  (September 16, 2014)

September is always such an exciting time of year, as schools of all sizes and grade levels open their doors for the beginning of the new school year. The focus of all educational leaders, as always, is on enhancing student learning. In recent years, New Jersey’s school leaders have had an ace in the hole in this quest. Adopted by our state Board of Education in 2010, the Common Core State Standards provide a road map to higher levels of learning and student achievement.

Common Core is a step forward in education: Our View

By the Editorial Board, Wausau Daily Herald (September 15, 2014)

School has been in session for a couple of weeks now, and that means Wisconsin students have been learning, officially, under Common Core State Standards, the set of benchmarks developed by states in an effort to create a shared roadmap for schools.

Common Core: Georgia should not retreat now

By Maureen Downey, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (September 14, 2014)

We are likely to see another Common Core debate when the Georgia Legislature meets in January.

Democrat Garcia gets Chamber nod for schools chief

Ed Week (September 11, 2014)

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday took the rare step of endorsing a Democrat for a statewide elected office, with the Republican-leaning group endorsing David Garcia as Superintendent of Public Instruction over GOP candidate Diane Douglas.

Arizona Chamber backs Garcia for top schools job

Mary Beth Faller, The Republic (September 10, 2014)

David Garcia, candidate for the state's top education job, won the endorsement of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday — the first Democrat the group has backed since 2006.

Critics say politics fuels Pa. standards study

Ed Week (September 10, 2014)

Critics of new reading and math standards in Pennsylvania schools said Tuesday that Gov. Tom Corbett's call for public hearings a year after they were approved appears motivated by a desire to bolster conservatives' support for his sagging re-election campaign.

The myths on Common Core: Opinion

By Lawrence S. Feinsod, New Jersey Star Ledger (September 9, 2014)

Many New Jersey schools rank among the nation’s best. Overall, our 1.4 million public school students perform well in virtually any measure, including test scores and graduation rates.

Congressional report contradicts claims in Jindal's Common Core lawsuit

By Danielle Dreilinger, The Times-Picayune (September 9, 2014)

Common Core is not a curriculum, and it's all right that the federal Education Department offered millions of dollars for states that adopt it. Those are the conclusions of a new report from the Congressional Research Service, and they would appear to contradict Gov. Bobby Jindal's claims in a federal lawsuit he filed last month.

Common Core backers take court victory over Gov. Bobby Jindal

By Danielle Dreilinger, The Times-Picayune (August 19, 2014)

A Baton Rouge judge on Tuesday ruled in favor of a New Orleans charter school group and the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education intheir fight to proceed with national Common Core tests. Judge Todd Hernandez found that Gov. Bobby Jindal caused "irreparable harm" to students and schools when he froze the testing contract for third through eighth graders.

Common Core standards foster 'number sense'

By Anne Keith, The Montana Standard (June 25, 2014)

If I asked you to multiply 12 x 50, would you grab a paper and pencil?

Why CEOs Support Common Core

By Craig Barrett, The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel (February 15, 2014)

It seems the Common Core State Standards detractors follow Lenin's maxim that, "A lie told often enough becomes the truth." Their most recent foray into trying to take down the effort spearheaded by the nation's governors and chief state school officers to outline what all students should know and be able to do in reading and math leaves us with no choice but to roll up our sleeves and yet again set the record straight.

Longtime educator explains his belief in Common Core

By Dr. Jason Bell, Cleveland Daily Banner (December 17, 2013)

I have been an educator for 13 years and consider myself someone who is passionate about the profession. My work experience has included being a teacher, coach, vice principal, principal, district supervisor and rural state representative. I have a desire to help young people be successful, and I get up every morning with a sense of urgency to help make this happen. With all this being said, I want to make the following statement: I fully support Tennessee’s Common Core State Standards and believe these standards will help students be more prepared for the real world.

Find out why this prominent conservative supports the Common Core

By Evan Belanger, AL.com (December 17, 2013)

Make no mistake, Michael Petrilli is a conservative. An award-winning writer and education analyst, he serves as executive vice president of the conservative education-policy think tank the Thomas B. Fordham Institute in Washington, D.C. But when he visited Alabama this week to film a debate on the Common Core to be televised next month on Alabama Public Television, Petrilli was not on the side of the Republican National Committee, which called the Common Core "an inappropriate overreach."

North Alabama workforce and workforce training programs well-prepared for Boeing 777X

By Mary Scott Hunter, AL.com (December 10, 2013)

Recent news about the proposed 777X suggests the North Alabama workforce is somehow unprepared to build airplanes. However, I can assuredly say that the focus of Education from Pre-K through the community college level and beyond has been on preparing a skilled and technically competent workforce, and we are more than ready to meet any technical industry need.

Teachers Positive About Standards, Despite Implementation Concerns

By Lisa Irish, AZ Ed News (December 10, 2013)

Teachers say the new academic standards will better prepare students for their future with in-depth knowledge, critical thinking and communications skills, as well as the ability to solve problems as part of a team. Nearly 77 percent of teachers nationwide have positive or very positive views on the impact Common Core state standards will have on students’ ability to think critically and use reasoning skills, according to excerpts recently released from Primary Sources: America’s Teachers on Teaching in an Era of Change, a project of Scholastic and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

How did the Michigan Legislature do this year? A look back at 2013

By Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press (December 16, 2013)

Adopting Common Core standards for education, which are a national set of expectations of what students need to know in order to be career- and college-ready when they leave high school. The standards were developed by the National Governors’ Association and have been adopted by 45 states.

Common Core explained to parents  

By Colleen Creamer, The Dickson Herald (December 10, 2013)

Dr. Jared Bigham, director of College and Career Readiness for State Collaborative on Reforming Education, or SCORE, talked to parents at Dickson Middle School’s auditorium Tuesday hoping to dispel myth and quiet nerves about Common Core Standards in the Dickson County School System.

Haslam: 'Very Much On Board' with Common Core

TNReport.com (December 5, 2013)

[VIDEO] Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam speaks with reporters about Common Core and the pushback his administration has experienced in response to its education reforms following his speech at a Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Michigan House signs off on Common Core standards, implementation to start

By Gary Heinlein and Jennifer Chambers, The Detroit News (October 29, 3013)

Education Trust-Midwest, which strongly backs Common Core, hailed the House action.

“The standards, with aligned assessments, are one of the most critically important foundations for raising student achievement for states today,” said Amber Arellano, executive director for the non-partisan research, information and advocacy center. Bill DiSessa, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Education, said the department resumed helping local districts implement Common Core last week when the Senate approved its measure allowing funds to be spent on the standards.

Common Core can aid our schools

By the Editorial Board, Port Huron Times Herald (October 28, 2013)

The Michigan Senate finally approved Common Core State Standards last week. Thursday’s voice vote spared senators from actually having to record their votes — an indication of just how controversial Common Core has become. The House, which approved Common Core in late September, must resolve its version with the Senate’s before the standards can be adopted. The difference is language the Senate inserted regarding home-schooled students and requiring the state education department solicit bids to develop a separate assessment for Michigan students.

6 reasons why conservatives should back Common Core

By Chester E. Finn Jr. and Michael J. Petrilli, The Detroit Free Press (September 22, 2013)

Lately, Michigan has been lauded for its education-reform efforts, from its groundbreaking Education Achievement Authority to the institution of a new teacher-evaluation system. Yet one of the cornerstones of these reform efforts — the Common Core state standards — is under attack from the right. The Legislature even included a provision in the annual budget that prohibits the state Department of Education from spending money on implementing the standards. As conservatives, we believe this is a grave mistake.

NC business leaders back the Common Core

The Editorial Board, The News Observer (September 18, 2013)

It was both encouraging and disheartening to see Triangle business leaders come out Tuesday in support of the Common Core standards for public schools. It’s encouraging to see them stand up for the national math and English language arts standards being rolled out across North Carolina. It’s disheartening that they feel they have to. The business community’s support is welcome and unfortunately needed in the face of a hard push from the hard right to dump the program. Some tea party types see the setting of national standards as a socialist plot to indoctrinate the nation’s youth. Others simply resist the idea of schools across the nation trying to achieve or exceed a common standard of competence in math and English.