In the News: Common Core Used Widely, Despite Continuing Debate

While there is disagreement over whether the Common Core standards are improving student performance, most states that adopted the standards are still using them.

How is Policy Affecting Classroom Instruction?

If greater attention is not paid to supporting teachers to implement new standards and reduce coverage of deemphasized content, the standards may not have much effect.

What We’re Watching: Lessons Learned From the Common Core

What lessons can education reformers learn from the development and implementation of the Common Core? Rick Hess and Chris Minnich (of the Council of Chief State School Officers) discuss that question in this 20-minute video.

Is Common Core Working? It May Be Too Early to Tell

Early evidence on a policy can turn out to be misleading, or a policy can have delayed effects

In the News: The Fog of “College Readiness”

Most parents think their children are on track to be prepared for college after their 12th-grade year, but the truth is, a shockingly large share of graduating high-school seniors are not prepared to go to college.

Lessons on Common Core

Critical books offer more folly than wisdom

The Top 20 Education Next Articles of 2016

Here are the most popular articles we published over the course of the last year.

In the News: The Real Threat to Common Core May Come Not From a Trump White House but From Many Statehouses

Donald Trump pledged during his campaign to eliminate the Common Core state standards, but many have noted that Common Core is not an issue President Trump will have any say over.

New York’s Reading Standards Rewrite Should Alarm Parents

Students who learn to work with complex texts during their K–12 years can handle the demands of college reading. Those who haven’t cannot.

Common Confusion

Most kids in America aren’t on track for success. Why don’t they and their parents know it?

EdNext Podcast: A Closer Look at Public Opinion on School Reform

The just-released 2016 Education Next poll identified changes in public support for the Common Core, testing, opting out, and school choice. Paul Peterson and Marty West discuss what the public says it wants and why these opinions are changing.

Ten-year Trends in Public Opinion From the EdNext Poll

Common Core and vouchers down, but many other reforms still popular

EdNext Podcast: Common Standards without Common Tests

The Common Core standards initiative was launched in 2009 but by the time new tests aligned with those standards were rolled out 4 to 5 years later, there was mounting opposition to using those tests to evaluate teachers and schools. To preserve support for the standards, many states began throwing the assessments overboard. Will abandoning the tests in order to save the standards actually work?

Nine Times Diane Ravitch Was Wrong About Common Core in the New York Times

This weekend, education historian and Common Core-opponent Diane Ravitch railed against the standards and assessments in a New York Times op-ed.

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Can High Standards and Accountability Co-Exist? Lessons From the Common Core Assessment Consortia

It’s easy for policymakers and the public to embrace high standards in principle. But when policymakers seek to hold students, teachers, and schools accountable for those standards by using the results from aligned assessments, support is far more likely to falter.

The Politics of the Common Core Assessments

Why states are quitting the PARCC and Smarter Balanced testing consortia

What We’re Watching: Teachers Like Common Core Math. Why Don’t Parents?

On Thursday, July 14 at 4 pm, Fordham will host a discussion of the results of a recent survey that found that, while teachers have begun to embrace Common Core math, parents (as perceived by teachers) seem less enamored.

What Teachers Think of Common Core Math

Most teachers are partial to the Common Core math standards, but they don’t think all of their students and their parents are.

In the News: The Exit Exam Paradox

In an article for The 74, Matt Barnum looks at what states are doing about their exit exams now that they are using Common Core-aligned tests,

Gates’ Common-Core Mea Culpa and the School Reform Divide

Given that the problems with Common Core were predictable, why did they catch so many advocates off-guard?

In the News: If MCAS Is So Good, Why Are We Ditching It?

The MCAS was long considered one of the best tests in the nation. But last fall, the Massachusetts Board of Education decided to create a new test that would combine elements of the MCAS with elements of PARCC.

Common Core’s Major Political Challenges for the Remainder of 2016

Common Core is now several years into implementation. Supporters have had a difficult time persuading skeptics that any positive results have occurred. The best evidence has been mixed on that question.

What We’re Watching: Reading and Math in the Common Core Era

On Monday, March 28, Brookings hosted an online discussion of a new report that looks at how deeply the Common Core standards have penetrated schools and classrooms. It focused on new research by Tom Loveless looking at the emphasis of non-fiction vs. fiction texts in reading and on enrollment in advanced courses in mathematics.

Can Higher Standards Survive?

Does the political will exist to maintain higher standards? And does the capacity exist in K–12 education to raise significant numbers of American children to meet these standards?

Behind the Headline: The Education Issue We Should Debate This Election Year: School Choice

In the Wall Street Journal, Jason Riley laments the fact that the only education issue getting any air time at all in the debates among presidential candidates has been the Common Core.

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