Understanding the Common Core, the 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee, and PARCC

It’s hard to believe that we’re already in February and that the testing season is upon us.  In recent months, you may have started hearing words and phrases like “PARCC,” “Common Core,” and “The Third Grade Reading Guarantee.”  Yes, you know that these words all pertain to your student’s education, but what do they mean?  How are they different and …

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ODE Report Recommends Less Testing

Yesterday, the Ohio Department of Education released a report recommending that we decrease the amount of testing in schools.  According to the article, students spend an average of 20 hours a year preparing for testing.  As expected, third graders and tenth graders spend the most time on tests due to the PARCC Assessment, SAT, and ACT, averaging closer to 28 …

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Common Core Curriculum: Utopia or Just Another Elephant?

Note: This post was written by a guest author.   The United States has been struggling with poor literacy, poor mathematics and poor science skills for decades. While we continue to pour billions of dollars into these education problems every year, the needle has not moved appreciably since World War II. Once we were a leader in education, now we …

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