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On February 18, the Indiana Department of Education released the first public draft of a set of new K–12 expectations for English language arts and math . The proposed changes take place against the backdrop of a rollercoaster debate about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that has seen...
Convention says that low-performing schools are mainly an inner-city problem. To a degree that is the case—urban public-school systems have long struggled to educate their students well. Cleveland’s public schools are something of a poster-child in this respect, and other urban schools systems in...
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A first look at today's most important education news The Brookings Institution releases two new papers on public-pension reform —one on political lessons learned in the reform efforts of Utah, Rhode Island, Illinois, and New Jersey and one on their recommendations for a model pension structure. (...
The Common Core State Standards are in place in forty-five states—and in many of those jurisdictions, educators are hard at work trying to bring them to life in their schools and classrooms. But how is implementation going so far? That’s what this new study explores in four “early-implementer”...
The last year has found critics and advocates of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) duking it out in the political arena. That a common set of high expectations for K–12 students would catalyze such fierce fisticuffs reminds us of both the ugliness and beauty of democracy. Indeed, we at Fordham...
Which state ranks last of the fifty in fourth-grade math on the NAEP, last in eighth-grade reading on the NAEP, last in Education Week ’s Quality Counts report , and last in readiness for science and engineering? If you guessed Mississippi each time, either you’re up on your education stats or you...
Ohio is deeply mired in a dropout crisis, with more than 20,000 of its high-school students leaving school each year. A recent analysis found that 112,610 dropouts occurred between 2006 and 2010 in Ohio’s public-school system. It is absolutely crucial that the Buckeye State address dropouts, with...
The COMMENTARY blog is my absolute favorite, so I was more than a little crestfallen when I read Seth Mandel’s recent entry . “Wherever you stand on the Common Core,” he declared, “it can’t be good news for the program that it has begun to so resemble the disastrous process and rollout of this...
Frustration and misinformation on the Common Core State Standards abound. But two cheers for Fox News for featuring Fordham trustee Mike Kelly to set the record straight . Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com Kelly not only quizzes Fox commentators on their math skills, but also makes it...

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