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December 14: Education and the Common Core

We plan to revisit US education (K-12) this coming Monday. The article that caught my attention and caused me to think we might revisit the subject  was the New York Times’ “Algebra Scores Prompt Second Look at Revamped Regents Exams.”

It seems like a recurring theme…we say we need to improve education standards and set what are characterized as reasonable goals, then fail to achieve them and “dumb down” the definition of “proficiency” to make up for the shortfall.

Here are some other articles that may inform our discussion:

NYT: Cuomo Panel Calls for Further Retreat From Common Core

NYT: Test Scores Under Common Core Show That ‘Proficient’ Varies by State

There are lots of articles this weekend about the new Education law that replaces “No Child Left Behind.”

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