MarylandReporter.com posted this update in it’s State Roundup on what’s new with the Common Core State Standards.
COMMON CORE: Nearly all the superintendents of Maryland school districts have signed a statement that criticizes federal and state education officials for forcing them to implement several major reforms, including the Common Core State Standards, on what they say is an unrealistic timetable writes Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post. The document, approved by 22 of Maryland’s 24 superintendents, asks for more time and resources to put the reforms in place, including the use of new Common Core tests expected in the 2014-2015 school year. The statement, which you can read here, represents the first time that such a high percentage of schools chiefs in Maryland have come together to publicly call out education officials over school reform.
- STOPPING THE CORE: A flurry of bills trying to slow down or stop the implementation of the new Common Core educational curriculum in Maryland are about to hit the legislative dockets, according to Sen. Edward Reilly, a Republican on the education committee that oversees it. Glynis Kazanjian of MarylandReporter.com writes that, on Thursday, Reilly and four other Republican senators introduced two bills related to testing and teacher evaluation based on testing.
- DEFENDING THE CORE:Frustrated parents. Overwhelmed teachers. Students not doing as well as they once were. Other students having it too easy. Members of the Anne Arundel County legislative delegation have been bombarded with such Common Core complaints, Allison Bourg reports in the Annapolis Capital. They held a public hearing Tuesday in Annapolis to allow education leaders to explain the program. And while those leaders defended Common Core, they said implementation has been bumpy.
- REBRANDING THE CORE: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer used an executive order to strip the name “Common Core” from the state’s new math and reading standards for public schools. In the Hawkeye State, the same standards are now called “The Iowa Core.” And in Florida, lawmakers want to delete “Common Core” from official documents and replace it with the cheerier-sounding “Next Generation Sunshine State Standards,” Lindsey Layton reports in the Post. In the face of growing opposition to the Common Core State Standards — a set of K-12 educational guidelines adopted by most of the country — officials in a handful of states are worried that the brand is already tainted. They’re keeping the standards but slapping on fresh names they hope will have greater public appeal.