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Why Did The Approach To Teaching Math Change With Common Core?

Forbes – Peter Kruger

“In the early 2000’s, Congress passed a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1968, or ESEA. That particular version was more commonly known as No Child Left Behind. While the revision to the law was largely seen as a failure, with its focus on high-stakes testing and failure to raise scores, NCLB did provide something to educational professionals that they’d never had before: data. Mountains of data.” (more)

The mysteries of the classroom: What works, what doesn’t and why

The Washington Post – Jay Mathews

“When I try to learn more about schools, I often feel as if I am struggling to get inside a black box — the mysterious classroom. I can get data on what goes into the box, such as the backgrounds of teachers and students. I can measure what comes out of the box — test scores, graduation rates and student work. But what happens inside the classroom is hard to quantify.” (more)

Why parents struggle with Common Core math: “The diagrams are absolutely insane.”

The Mercury News – Karen D’Souza

“The good old days of memorizing math formulas or multiplication tables are gone. Instead, Common Core math requires students to show how they reason their way to the right answer. As a result, many parents say homework is far more complicated than it used to be. For example, the right answer to 3×5 isn’t just 15 anymore, as one popular social media post noted. It’s 3+3+3+3+3. And it’s 5+5+5. The new methods leave many parents baffled.” (more)

Diane Glass explains why measuring reading growth should be a top priority for educators

Language Magazine – Diane Glass

“The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are transforming the way that reading is taught and assessed. The complexity of texts associated with the CCSS exceeds the level of the reading material typically used in our schools. New proficiency standards are more rigorous and link directly to more sophisticated texts, some of which are intended for post-secondary readers. To reach the goal of college and career readiness for literacy involves improving rigor in actual content and materials. The instructional implications for all teachers, not just those who specialize in English Language Arts, are enormous.”(more)

Signs of hope amid Smarter Balanced math scores

Ed Source – Carolyn Jones

California’s Smarter Balanced math scores may look nearly identical to last year’s, but math educators said they saw at least one glimmer of hope: 3rd-graders. Third-graders’ relatively high scores on the statewide assessments, administered in the spring of 2017 and released last week, indicated that the Common Core standards — which those children have been learning since kindergarten — may be having a positive impact on math education.”(more)

Understanding the Common Core State Standards in California: A quick guide

Ed Source – Theresa Harrington

“Although the State Board of Education adopted new Common Core standards in math and English language arts nearly seven years ago, some school districts are still in the process of implementing them. Forty-one other states around the country have also adopted the standards, which were created to help U.S. students compete with high school graduates from around the world for 21st Century jobs.”(more)