In New York City, Mayor Bill De Blasio’s Initiatives Threaten to Widen the Achievement Gap

Mayor de Blasio has shown a good instinct for identifying the right targets—early childhood education and reading. But it’s hard to be encouraged that either he or his chancellor knows how to hit them.

The Real Battle for Common Core Begins

An examination of assignments given by middle school teachers appears to show that most of the work asked of students does not reflect the higher, more rigorous standards set by Common Core.

A Pause in the History Wars

The College Board deserves a cheer for trying to stabilize the vessel known as Advanced Placement U.S. History

A Few Lessons That AP U.S. History Can Teach the Common Core

Yesterday the College Board released its newly revised version of the AP U.S. History framework.

A Day at the Khan Lab School

Inquiry and self-direction guide student learning

Inquiry and self-direction guide student learning

A Peek Inside the Classroom Black Box

Why is so little information available about which textbooks and curricula are being used?

Common Core’s First Breakout Hit?

Schools and teachers anywhere can download free materials from EngageNY, a comprehensive, Common Core-aligned curriculum developed by New York State.

To Boost Reading Skills, Restore the Liberal Arts to Elementary School

To be a good reader you need an understanding of literature, art, music, history, and the sciences — that is, you need a liberal arts education.

Common Core and Classroom Instruction: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

How decisions teachers make about instruction shape the implementation of the Common Core

Don’t Know Much About History

Some fret that states that make the U.S. citizenship test a graduation requirement may be tacitly encouraging schools to abandon semester-long classes in civics. I’m skeptical.

No Time to Lose on Early Reading

I share critics concerns that early childhood learning is leading schools to take all the joy out of kindergarten, but I see no reason to blame Common Core for that.

Behind the Headline: How Common Core Brought Attention To The Math Education Debate

John O’Connor takes a close look at some of the debates that are taking place over how math is taught in states that are implementing the Common Core standards and at the long history of debates over math instruction.

One Size Fits Most, Even in the Suburbs

A subset of white, affluent, well-educated parents have long favored progressive education. Alternative schools are a good option for them.

Is Common Core Too Hard for Kindergarten?

We can have kindergarten that is both play-based and language-rich. It’s what the best kindergarten teachers have always done.

Model Citizens

Arizona became the first state to make passing the U.S. Citizenship Test a high school graduation requirement.

Carmen Fariña’s War on Evidence

While running the nation’s largest school system, Carmen Farina has made a growing list of decisions based not on empirical evidence, but on the chancellor’s personal preference.

The Missing Link Between Standards and Instruction

Standards for any subject are most effective when used not to drive lesson planning on any given day, but rather the selection of a clear, teacher-friendly, coherently developed curriculum.

Should Teaching “Soft” Skills Be A Priority?

An interview with Paul Tough, author of How Children Succeed

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A Response to Carol Burris and Rick Hess on Common Core Math in the Elementary Grades

Common Core has the potential to shift and drastically improve math instruction in American schools,

How To Kill Reading Achievement

Complaints about close reading bother me less than its potential overuse, or the creeping notion that close reading is what all reading instruction should look like under Common Core. That would be bad for the standards, and even worse for reading achievement in the U.S.

Behind the Headline: Parent Says No Mush For His First-Grader

In his column, Jay Mathews highlights a blog entry by Mike Petrilli about the weak, content-free curriculum being taught to his first grader in the Montgomery County, Md. public schools.

Leveled Reading: The Making of a Literacy Myth

Opponents of the Common Core question the idea of improving literacy by introducing higher levels of textual complexity into the instructional mix.

Montgomery County’s Elementary School Curriculum: Where’s the Beef?

The MCPS curriculum is weak when it comes to content in science and extremely weak in history.

The Challenges of AP History: Are You Sure You Want College Credit?

The trickle downward of university curricular mischief into our schools and other institutions continues unabated, and it’s not a problem that the College Board alone can solve.

Connecting the Dots: E. D. Hirsch, Jr., and Common Core

On Politico’s list of fifty “thinkers, doers and dreamers who really matter,” sharing the number eight spot are E.D. Hirsch and David Coleman, the principal author of the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts.

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