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Category: Common Core ELA Standards

Yes, MDE there is federal oversight of SBAC

Yes, MDE there is federal oversight of SBAC

| January 16, 2014 | Reply

Yesterday at the presentation to the Joint Committee of the Senate and House Joseph Martineau,¬†deputy superintendent of accountability services for the Michigan Department of Education (MDE)¬† erred when he claimed that there was no federal review team overseeing SMARTER tests.¬†¬† According to a report by Gongwer, Martineau indicated that, …there is not, as Mr. McMillin […]

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Typing to the Test

Typing to the Test

| October 14, 2013 | Reply

In our technology age, learning to type is an important skill.¬† But is it necessary to learn that skill to a young child in first or second grade?¬† Thanks to Common Core and the Smarter Balanced Computer Assessments, the answer appears to be “yes.”¬†¬† The Washington Post reports that students in kindergarten are now learning […]

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MSU Professor Questions CCSS for Writing

MSU Professor Questions CCSS for Writing

| October 11, 2013 | Reply

In a research paper released today , MSU Professor Gary Troia questions the “effectiveness of the Common Core State Standards in teaching writing.”¬† I have not read the actual report but according to reporter Brian Smith at MLIVE, “Research published Friday by the National Association of School Psychologists from a Michigan State University education professor […]

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Third graders learn to protest SEIU-style courtesy of Common Core

Third graders learn to protest SEIU-style courtesy of Common Core

| October 10, 2013 | Reply

A common lie spread by those who support the common core is that this is a standard and not a curriculum which they say will be left up to the local districts. ¬† Kyle Olsen at EAG News has it exactly right about how local districts will purchase curriculum under Common Core. “One might argue […]

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Feds a “partner” in SBAC tests

Feds a “partner” in SBAC tests

| October 8, 2013 | Reply

Yesterday, I spoke with a Senate aide regarding Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC) to go with the Common Core standards. ¬† He challenged my assertion that the federal government is developing the tests with SBAC and not just funding them.¬†¬† I referred him to the technical review announced by the Federal Department of Education last March.¬†¬†From […]

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Spellbinding Words of Wisdom about Common Core

Spellbinding Words of Wisdom about Common Core

| September 30, 2013 | Reply

Last week, the Michigan House voted FOR a resolution that continues the funding for Common Core.¬† It now goes to the Senate which could vote on the resolution this week.¬†¬† Before the Senate vote, I encourage lawmakers to watch this video from Bonnie Fisher who testified against Common Core in Indiana.¬†¬† Fisher has decades of […]

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Governor Snyder do you support porn in our schools?

Governor Snyder do you support porn in our schools?

| September 18, 2013 | Reply

Eric Owens,¬† Education Editor at the Daily Caller,¬† highlights the pornographic book “Dreaming in Cuban” in post titled, “Fifty Shades of the Common Core: how much porn is too much for high schoolers?”¬† The title is found in the Common Core appendix and read aloud in classrooms. ‚ÄúDreaming in Cuban‚ÄĚ can be found on page […]

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Governor Snyder do you support porn in our schools?

Governor Snyder do you support porn in our schools?

| September 12, 2013 | 3 Replies

Eric Owen, Education Editor at the Daily Caller, is asking a question that should make most parents cringe, “Fifty Shades of Gray:¬† how much porn is too much for high schoolers?”¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Owen was prompted to ask because of a book recommended in the Common Core and read aloud in a tenth grade classroom in Arizona.¬†¬† […]

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High Expectations for All Students

High Expectations for All Students

| August 5, 2013 | Reply

Melanie Kurdy raises an excellent point about the last hearing… I would like to review a point that was discussed briefly at the¬†July 31 hearing¬†that I believe is very important, “expectations for students”. I believe¬†the debate we are having¬†should be about improving student learning for all children in Michigan.¬† This is why we are discussing […]

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Jindal’s Naive on Common Core

Jindal’s Naive on Common Core

| August 3, 2013 | Reply

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal gave a speech at a Redstate gathering on Friday where he addressed the Common Core.¬†¬† He said, “We will resist any attempt … to impose a national curriculum,” But as the news story points out that “the Jindal administration has been supportive of the standards, with state Education Superintendent John White […]

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