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Minor glitches reported as 100,000 Ohio students take Common Core tests. About 100,000 Ohio students have begun taking Common Core reading and math tests online this week, and there have been isolated instances of technology or software glitches getting in the way, reports Cleveland Plain Dealer education reporter Patrick O'Donnell.

Minor glitches reported as 100,000 Ohio students take Common Core tests

Ohio opted for a different test than Oregon. Oregon students will take the Smarter Balanced tests, while Ohio students are taking tests made by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC. Ohio is the first state to start widespread testing with the new Common Core-aligned tests scheduled to be given in all states this year. In Olmsted Falls, the superintendent reported that on the first day of testing, students often waited a long time for pages to load and had to reboot. In Lakewood, as elsewhere, a feature of the test that was supposed to read passages aloud to students with disabilities didn't function, so a human had to read to test-takers who qualified for that special testing condition.

Oregon Local News, Breaking News, Sports & Weather - OregonLive.com. Download: Some parents refusing to let their children take new test. AVON LAKE, Ohio- There is a growing movement in Ohio called opt-out.

Download: Some parents refusing to let their children take new test

Parents are refusing to let their kids take the Common Core or PARCC testing, due to the increase in time spent on testing and pressure on students, as well as teachers, to do well. Melissa Svigelj-Smith is a parent and teacher in Cuyahoga County and has been vocal about pulling her son out of the new tests. “Any type of high stakes standardized testing that is not produced by a classroom teacher has been shown for a very long time to be completely invalid,” said Svigelj-Smith.

Ohio is the first state in the nation to administer the test in English Language Arts and math this week, which will now replace existing standardized tests. FOX8.com. Why Jeb Bush May Survive Common Core Criticism. New York State Exposed Education: The company behind Common Core testing. Updated: 02/19/2015 7:05 PM Created: 02/18/2015 4:00 AM WHEC.com By: Nikki Rudd Common Core -- it's been a controversial issue for parents across the state.

New York State Exposed Education: The company behind Common Core testing

Tens of millions of your tax dollars are going to Pearson Incorporated, a company contracted by New York to develop those standardized tests. Some wonder if it is money well spent. One thing most people agree on – Pearson, a private education company, is making a lot of money on developing tests for students across the country and it has a major influence on public education here in New York. That doesn't sit well with parents we spoke with so we took your concerns to a local member of the New York State Board of Regents.

“It’s important that parents and the community pay attention to questions like this.” More States Push Back Against Common Core. Testing Plans Set for All 50 States: Check Out ... Teachers threaten to opt out of Common Core tests - Renton Reporter. One by one, and sometimes in pairs, teachers and community members took to the podium to address the Renton School Board at the Jan. 28 meeting.

Teachers threaten to opt out of Common Core tests - Renton Reporter

In total, 12 people shared their frustrations, mostly about the upcoming Common Core testing, the Smarter Balanced Assessments Consortium or SBAC or SBA, as they are commonly called. Many teachers in the Renton School District are not happy about having to administer these state-mandated tests. Some even said that they are considering not administering the assessments, which is against district policy. Sierra Heights fifth-grade teacher Julianna Dauble is one such teacher, who spoke out at the meeting.

“I would like them to actually allow me to opt out of administering it,” she said. The high-stakes testing is not aligned with what she feels students need, she said, and assessments are increasing. Dauble spent the earlier part of Wednesday speaking to state legislators in Olympia about her concerns. Common Core adds complexity, encourages laziness. There are has been so much in the press and many meetings held recently regarding the newest program being introduced nationwide referred to as Common Core.

Common Core adds complexity, encourages laziness

I am not an expert in Common Core and can only tell you that I don't understand it as I didn't learn that way. It will be many years before we know if this is an effective tool for learning as we await test results that will determine the impact of the new strategies. One thing I know for sure, there will always be a certain element of learning that requires students to memorize facts and Common Core is moving children away from those basic facts.

Jindal rails against Common Core. Jindal, a Republican, focused on the "big picture" as he presented the fight against the education standards as an inherently American endeavor aimed at preserving American exceptionalism and preventing what he characterized as government overreach on the scale of Obamacare.

Jindal rails against Common Core

READ: Jindal says some Muslms are trying to 'colonize' the West And as he considers entering the ring of candidates vying for his party's nomination, Jindal staked out more than just his position on Common Core, managing to reprise his role as a pot-stirrer on radical Islam and also slamming Republicans he dubbed "Democrat-lite. " "What is the point of a Republican Party that is only going to become a second liberal party in Washington?

" Jindal said. Common Core testing could cost $1 billion per year and school districts want state to pay. Santa Ana Unified is among the school districts leading the charge to force California to pay for a new statewide testing system that they say could collectively cost districts $1 billion every year.

Common Core testing could cost $1 billion per year and school districts want state to pay

The Commission on State Mandates could compel California officials to come up with the money, if the panel finds that the state failed to fully fund a program that it requires, said Heather Halsey, the commission’s executive director. State officials also could opt to shut down or limit the testing system. Last month, school districts submitted the claim as they prepare for the first time to give the new Smarter Balanced Assessments to students this spring. Jeb Bush Fails Common Core Test and Disqualifies Himself for Presidency. Bush would usher in the complete capitulation of our education system to the progressive agenda.

Jeb Bush Fails Common Core Test and Disqualifies Himself for Presidency

Common Core reproduces everything wrong with Obamacare, and then some. It is unconstitutional, corrupt, and incompetent. And it is a government takeover of our children. Common Core test spurs angst among educators, parents - Winnetka Talk. When students in DuPage County's Lake Park High School District took a field test of Illinois' new state exam last spring, the reaction stunned administrators: "Our students said it was the hardest thing they've ever taken," said Superintendent Lynne Panega.

Common Core test spurs angst among educators, parents - Winnetka Talk

This spring comes the real thing: a tough, new computerized exam called PARCC that has spawned angst — and even rebellion — across the Chicago region as third- through eighth-graders and some high school students usher in a new era of testing in Illinois. Common Core test spurs angst among educators, parents. When students in DuPage County's Lake Park High School District took a field test of Illinois' new state exam last spring, the reaction stunned administrators: "Our students said it was the hardest thing they've ever taken," said Superintendent Lynne Panega.

Common Core test spurs angst among educators, parents

This spring comes the real thing: a tough, new computerized exam called PARCC that has spawned angst — and even rebellion — across the Chicago region as third- through eighth-graders and some high school students usher in a new era of testing in Illinois. The exams launching in March replace the familiar Illinois Standards Achievment Tests for grade school students and the Prairie State Achievement Exam for 11th-graders, tests that have been used for more than a dozen years. The new tests, called Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, will focus on critical thinking, problem-solving and more sophisticated ways to gauge achievement and prepare students for college and work.

Letter: Do the Common Core research for yourself. By Lori Prokop from Fargo on Jan 19, 2015 at 9:10 p.m. I read with interest Andy Peterson’s guest column “Common Core critic flunks core test.” Mr. Peterson is a big proponent of the Common Core standards. Why wouldn’t he be? He is the president and CEO of the Greater North Dakota Chamber. The business community considers itself a “stakeholder” in your child’s education. Poll: Nearly half of voters oppose Common Core. ALBANY—Governor Andrew Cuomo's standing with state voters has improved, but his job approval is still underwater and voters are more likely to trust the state education department with setting school policy than they are their elected executive, a new poll shows.

According to the monthly Siena Research Institute survey, Cuomo's job approval rating stands at 47 percent, with 51 percent saying they disapprove of the job he's doing. However, 60 percent of the 802 registered voters surveyed said they viewed Cuomo favorably. Miss. withdraws from Common Core testing. A new bill could mark the beginning of the end of the Common Core. Amy Lawson, a teacher at Silver Lake Elementary School in Middleton, Del., teaches language arts to her class of fifth graders. (AP/Steve Ruark) Congress is set to rewrite the laws governing the nation's schools this year, and the Common Core might turn into a history lesson. The Obama administration has quietly supported the national standards for students in kindergarten through high school, developed with the support of the Gates Foundation by a group of state education officials. Only a handful of states have refused to adopt the Core or have abandoned it, despite widespread frustration with the standards among conservatives and educators.

That could change with legislation released Tuesday by Sen. "The department has become, in effect, a national school board," Alexander said on the Senate floor Tuesday. Alexander still has to win enough Democratic votes to break a filibuster and persuade Obama to sign the bill -- a tall order. The result would be a compromise that satisfies no one. What's Your Problem with Common Core? Common Core replacement co-chairs offer different visions about their mission. The Academic Standards Review Commission – that’s the state commission charged with reviewing and replacing the Common Core State Standards – meets again this Friday.

With the commission now adequately funded, members should be able to begin hearing from experts and assessing what benchmarks students should master. But whether the commission decides to tweak the current standards or scrap them altogether is anyone’s guess. NPR’s Claudio Sanchez took a closer look at the state’s efforts in his report this morning, which aired locally on WUNC.org: Andre Peek (L) and Tammy Covil (R) serve on the Academic Standards Review Commission.State lawmakers say they’ve been besieged by parents who are unhappy with, or confused by, the homework they’re seeing. Tea Party fights Common Core - Cody Enterprise: Local News. Posted: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 4:41 pm. Walker Tackles Common Core And Government Efficiency. Tweet Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker delivered an optimistic speech Tuesday on government efficiency and defeating Common Core. Despite labor reform no longer being a top priority, Walker became well-known during his first term when he worked with the state’s Republican legislature to pass a labor reform initiative, known as Act 10.

The act significantly changed the collective bargaining process for most public employees within the state. New Idaho superintendent promises a voice for Common Core opponents. Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra promised she’d listen to Common Core opponents’ concerns. By Dustin Hurst | IdahoReporter.com. Watchdog.org « The Government Watchdog. "How Can Teachers Meet Common Core Standar... Will test-based teacher evaluations derail the Common Core? By Amanda M. Fairbanks. Some homeschoolers finding it difficult to avoid Common Core. Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com) Wednesday, December 17, 2014. Most Utah students aren't proficient in key subjects, new assessment shows. View 9 photos » Video of Bill McCallum's testimony in support o...

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Fixes. NEA and StateEA. Data. Federal Responses. Teacher Input. Conspiracy? Dems against. Complex Texts. Rationale. Testing. Utah. Pro-Common Core. Anti-Common Core. Common Core. Common Core Backlash: American Federation of Teachers Softens Support.