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Eight Must-Read Posts on the Common Core in Ohio

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Today I’ll be moderating a panel discussion organized by WVIZ/PBS ideastream Education on what you might not know – but need to know – about the Common Core.

The Common Core is new set of expectations for what students should know and be able to do in math and English that Ohio and 44 other states adopted.

If you can’t attend in person, follow the discussion in real-time on Twitter under the hashtag #ccssoh starting at about 9 a.m.

Here are eight posts to prepare you for today’s panel discussion:

  1. How The Common Core Relates To Other Big Ideas Sweeping Ohio Schools ”‘It’s the next big thing.’ That’s a familiar refrain in K-12 education. And the latest big thing may be bigger than all the others: It’s the Common Core education standards that Ohio and 45 other states are now putting in place.”
  2. Ohio Students to Spend More Time Taking Tests Under New Common Core Testing Plan “Across all grades, Ohio students will spend an additional 49 hours a year taking standardized tests starting in 2014-15.”
  3. Opposition to National Common Core Standards Grows in Ohio ”For many Ohioans who don’t like the Common Core, it’s a question of local control. They’re worried that local schools won’t have leeway in what they teach students. They’re worried they’ll have little recourse if they don’t like what schools teach. And some feel like they never really had a say in the process.”
  4. The Three Types of People Who Oppose the Common Core People oppose the Common Core for a host of reasons, but Bill Evers, a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institute, says most of them fall into three major categories.
  5. Anti-Common Core Bill Sponsor Likes Standards, Tests, But Doesn’t Want to Share Them with Other States ”State Rep. Andy Thompson likes standards. He likes standardized testing. What he doesn’t like are standards that aren’t primarily Ohio-made, specifically the Common Core State Standards.”
  6. How the Common Core Will Change High School Math Classes “The idea behind the Common Core high school math shift is to give students better answers to the time-honored math-class question ‘When am I ever going to use this?’”
  7. No, the Common Core Does Not Ban The Catcher in the Rye “Contrary to what you may have read elsewhere, the new Common Core standards coming to Ohio and most other states by 2014 does not mandate that schools toss books like The Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird.”
  8. Few Have Heard Of The Common Core & Those Who Have Are Split On Its Impact “Almost two of three Americans have never heard of the Common Core State Standards…Most of those who say they know about the Common Core neither understand it nor embrace it.”

Join WVIZ/PBS ideastream Education on Monday, Oct. 14 from 9-10:30 a.m. for An Uncommon View of the Common Core, a panel discussion of what you might not know–but need to know–about the Common Core. Register here.

Panelists include State Rep. Andy Thompson; Ohio Education Association President Becky Higgins; Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper; Ohio Schools Council Director Bill Zelei; and Kirtland Local Schools Superintendent Steve Barrett. Follow the discussion on Twitter under the hashtag #ccssoh.


  • andrea.reynolds2

    It’s definitely a difficult time for public schools, especially for teachers with limited and underfunded resources. Reclaiming public schools is a beautiful yet lofty goal. I sincerely believe we will be able to change public school for the better. Exactly when that change happens, I’m not sure. However, I do believe in programs that are designed to help the negative effects associated with the current school system. One program, called ThinkStretch, keeps kids learning throughout the summer.

    The public school system today does not mandate any learning throughout the summer. Without any summer learning, the achievement gap widens and students spend more time re-learning material than moving forward. The achievement gap is especially large in students living in low-income neighborhoods. Programs like ThinkStretch step in where schools cannot (at the moment), providing learning for students that need it the most.

    Here’s the story on one of the communities ThinkStretch has helped: http://www.thinkstretch.com/thinkstretch-maintains-academic-skills/

    FULL DISCLOSURE: I work for Ingenex, not ThinkStretch, but I handle their digital marketing.

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