Do other professions require their “best” employees to give up an accomplishment to get a raise? Do other professions use raises to lure employees into giving up due process? Those are two questions Wake County public school teacher Dyane Barnett asked in a recent op-ed in the (Raleigh) News & Observer. You don’t need to […]
In an editorial earlier this week, News & Observer editors admonished those who seek to slow down the implementation of Common Core Standards and want the state to back out from national testing requirements. The editor’s arguments are weak and selective in their consideration of relevant facts. First, the editors — and many other supporters […]
Last week the State Board of Education gave final approval to 26 new charter schools in North Carolina. The new schools are scheduled to open this fall. The addition of more than two dozen new charter schools is the largest increase in the number of new charter schools since the late 1990s. Over half of […]
This article originally published in the News & Observer After a spring and summer of growing public discontent over the Common Core State Standards and their effect, the General Assembly decided it was finally time to study the issue. In late summer, legislative leaders named a 16-member Legislative Research Commission Common Core Study Committee. Sen. […]
Such a conclusion reflects on the poor quality of standards nationally. Despite the improvement, however, scholars say ELA standards have significant shortcomings.
Common Core State Standards Are Based on Shaky Assumptions, Assumes -- without proof-- that Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are the best standards.
Don't panic. That's the message most of us have been hearing all day from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Today DPI released state test scores for the READY Accountability model.
The Civitas institute has posted a two-part series examining the facts behind education reform efforts in the 2013 legislative session. Take this week’s quiz to test your knowledge about this important topic.
Changes Aim to Improve Teaching, Add Choices In part I of this two-part series on the shape and direction of education reform in North Carolina, we looked behind the education budget numbers. Now in Part II we discuss this year’s legislative steps to address concerns about student achievement, teacher salaries and school vouchers. Student Achievement While […]
This two-part series will answer some of the current claims. Part I will address claims regarding spending cuts and include additional information frequently ignored in the budget debates. Part II will address concerns about student achievement, teacher pay and school vouchers.
Now that schools are back in session across North Carolina, there is renewed interest in what students are learning and how they are learning it, especially Common Core. But how much do you know about Common Core?
A new survey suggests that North Carolina teachers are leery of the implementation of Common Core standards, with nearly two-thirds favoring slowing down or halting the process. Lately we’ve been hearing much about people’s opinions on Common Core standards being implemented in the public schools. A recent national poll suggested that most Americans don’t know […]
We explore DPI's claim that Common Core does not require specific data collection efforts and that the implementation of Common Core standards is "no different in cost than implementing North Carolina's ongoing revisions to its longstanding standard course of study."
Last November, Chancellor Donald Reaves of Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) joined Nathan Hatch, the President of Wake Forest University, and Susan Pauly, president of Salem Academy and College, at a forum in Winston-Salem to talk about something Reaves has frequently talked about the last few years: the rising cost of higher education. Reaves said, “Affordability […]
On June 13 the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released Common Core Demystified. The document was intended to quell what DPI regarded as confusion and stem the growing public opposition to Common Core Standards (CCS). Long story short: It hasn’t. Common Core Demystified contains numerous inaccuracies and repeats false statements. The document only adds […]