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Afternoon Announcements: District leaders say Common Core will lead to improved skills among students

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October 09, 2014 01:28 pm

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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 by the Center on Education Policy released Wednesday, with more than  three-fourths of the district leaders said implementation would lead to improved skills among students. The Washington Post

While you’re reading that, be sure to check out the Alliance’s response to the survey on behalf of Robert Rothman, senior fellow for the Alliance. Rothman writes, Those findings suggest that district leaders now get it. The Common Core is not just “raising the bar,” as some put it; it is not just a matter of doing the same thing a little harder. The standards represent different expectations for student learning. “

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan spoke with Radio Boston Wednesday, commenting on commented on the Common Core State Standards during the visit, saying nothing is more important for public schools than having high standards for education for students. Duncan said he recognized the concern over teacher evaluations and how they relate to the standards, but wants educators to remember that the standards represent only ‘a piece of those evaluations.’

A group of Philadelphia public school students skipped class Wednesday morning to protest the school district’s cost-cutting cancellation of teacher labor agreements.  The School Reform Commission voted Monday to unilaterally cancel the labor contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers to save money. The Huffington Post

Enrollment is up in both D.C. charter and traditional public schools this year, with 38,302 students enrolled in public charter schools and 47,651 in D.C. Public Schools, based on an annual count conducted this week by the Office of the State Superintendent for Education. The Washington Post

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal went on the offensive against state Education Superintendent John White Wednesday, accusing him of marginalizing teachers and implying Louisiana’s top education officials may be silencing opposition from educators on the Common Core. The Times Picayune

The Montgomery County Board of Education sent a letter Wednesday to the Maryland Board of Education asking them to waive the requirement that high school students pass new state tests aligned with the Common Core in order to graduate, believing the state should further evaluate the effectiveness of the tests as students transition to the new standards before putting in place the graduation rule. Bethesda Magazine

The Chicago Public School system has faced notorious budget cuts in recent years, and closed 49 schools in 2013. Recent money-saving moves to privatize management of custodial and cafeteria services have drawn the ire of parents and faculty, who have alleged schools are dirtier — and school lunches are worse — than ever. The Huffington Post

As students, employers, and policymakers continue to question whether earning a college degree really proves that graduates are ready for work, a new set of voluntary standards proposes to set out what they should be learning—and measure whether or not they have. The Hechinger Report

The state approved 17 new charter schools for New York City on Wednesday, substantially increasing the size of one of the city’s largest and most polarizing charter networks, Success Academy, and setting up a battle over where the schools will be located. The New York Times

Alameda County Superior Court Judge George Hernandez Jr. chastised the Los Angeles Unified School District for being unable or unwilling to solve a chaotic scheduling situation at one school and criticized the state for disclaiming its constitutional responsibility to ensure that students in California receive an education. EdSource

Colorado has few options if policymakers want to create a more flexible state testing system, or one that lets districts make their own assessment choices, the State Board of Education learned Wednesday. Chalkbeat CO

Georgia’s Rockdale County Public Schools has entered into a contract for tablet, laptop and desktop repairs in an effort to reduce costs and improve turnaround times, projected to save the school system more than $1 million on repair coverage cost for new tablets alone. The Journal

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    gmt
    Posted 5 years ago

    The CCSS present educators at all levels with some well-designed yet minimal standards against which to track student learning. One has to imagine, though, that the greatest impact on the improvement of measurable student skills will arise from the implementation of those standards firstly into curriculum and then into delivery. These latter tasks lie in the hands of administrators and educators, and the CCSS does not prescribe how they are to be accomplished. So, while it’s reasonable to predict that the CCSS “will lead to improved skills among students”, the causal chain is indirect – the response of school organizations, parents and teachers in their classrooms will be the true determinant.

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