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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Common Core’s biggest pitfall

The Asbury Park Press – Kala Kachmar

“There is little evidence that the $186 million Common Core program will fix one of the toughest problems facing New Jersey’s classrooms: the education gap between rich and poor kids. After nearly two decades of standardized testing and countless curriculum changes, students from homes at or near the poverty line still perform, on average, 15 points lower than other students on the math portion of the 11th grade graduation test, the Asbury Park Press found in a review of test scores for nearly 400 high schools across the state. Now, with the new testing standards raising a ruckus among many parents, politicians and the governor, experts say the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Careers, or PARCC, test for most grades will not help close the education gap.”(more)

Monday, December 15, 2014

An Hour of Code for a lifelong skill

The Asbury Park Press – Catherine Galioto

“ASBURY PARK – Take the popularity of the Frozen Disney movie, and add inspirational stories of those in the computer science field, and you could inspire more children to take an interest in learning code. That’s the theme of this year’s Hour of Code, a free afternoon event that gave children a look into a field that organizers said not only helps develop problem-solving and creativity but is also an in-demand job skill.”(more)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Dispelling Five Falsehoods About Newark’s School System

Education Next – Chris Cerf

“Having served as New Jersey’s Commissioner of Education from 2011 to 2014, I have had an inside view into efforts to improve Newark’s struggling school system. Superintendent Cami Anderson’s recent letter goes a long way toward countering the narrative of failure that has taken hold about the Newark school reform effort.”(more)

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Implementing Teacher Evaluation in New Jersey

Education Next – Andy Smarick

“Having worked on educator evaluation reform at a state department of education, I do my best to keep up with developments related to the extremely tough work of state-level implementation. I follow New Jersey’s progress especially closely because I took part in the work there (and I’m certainly biased in its favor).”(more)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Common Core State Standards will improve student success: Guest column

NJ.com – Dr. Raymond Yannuzzi and Dr. Thomas Isekenegbe

“Recently, teachers from throughout our state are gathered in Atlantic City for the New Jersey Education Association’s annual convention. They were networking, learning from their colleagues and celebrating all they do to educate and inspire our youth.”(more)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Three states take lead on Common Core, but are they moving too fast?

The Christian Science Monitor – Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

“New Jersey, Maryland, and Washington State are among the first states to tie graduation to new Common Core tests. But critics say kinks still need to be worked out.” (more)

Monday, May 26, 2014

World language study group presents findings

The Redding Pilot – Susan Hunter

“The traditional way of studying a foreign language, “was textbook driven,” she said. Students would learn vocabulary and grammar and practice the skills through a “drill and kill” format and quizzes.”(more)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Uncommon Success

Education Next – Peter Meyer

“There is no doubt that Uncommon Schools has given thousands of low-income students throughout the Northeast great options since the charter management organization (CMO) was created by Norman Atkins in 2005.”(more)

Friday, January 31, 2014

New Jersey Adds Arts to School-Performance Reports

Education Week – Liana Heitin

“New Jersey now includes metrics about arts education in its annual school reports—and education officials there say that makes it the first state to do so…”This is a big step forward since it sends a strong signal about the importance of the arts as part of the basic education for all students…””(more)

Monday, January 27, 2014

Lessons for de Blasio in New Jersey’s Free Pre-K

The New York Times – JAVIER C. HERNÁNDEZ

“Officials across the country, including Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York, are looking to efforts like those in New Jersey as they seek to broaden access to free, full-day prekindergarten. President Obama embraced the policy last year, and politicians in several states, including Maryland, Texas and Washington, are considering ambitious expansions.”(more)