Education

What do the Common Core State Standards have in common with congressional Democrats and the Chicago Cubs?

They all had a really rough year.

Of the 45 states that first adopted the academic standards, many spent 2014 talking about repeal. In Oklahoma (as well as Indiana and South Carolina), it wasn't just talk. The Legislature voted to drop the Core in May. And Gov. Mary Fallin, a longtime champion of the Common Core, signed the repeal in June.

Literacy begins at home — there are a number of simple things parents can do with their young children to help them get ready to read. But parents can't do it all alone, and that's where community services, especially libraries, come in.

On a recent morning, parents and children gathered in the "Play and Learn" center in the Mount Airy Library in Carroll County, Md. Jenny Busbey and her daughter Layla were using the puppet theater to go on an imaginary adventure. There are play-and-learn centers in all of the Carroll County libraries.

One by one, in a room just off the gym floor at Edna Brewer Middle School in Oakland, Calif., seventh-graders go on the interview hot seat.

Some 80 students have applied to be "peer leaders" in the school's new, alternative discipline program called "restorative justice."

Kyle McClerkins, the program's director, grills them on aspects of adolescent life: "What is the biggest challenge for middle school girls? What has changed about you from sixth grade to now?"

DrGBB / Flickr

A one-year trial of Bible curriculum developed by the Green Scholars Initiative, a group affiliated with Hobby Lobby President Steve Green, has been abandoned by Mustang Public Schools.

Why does public school start at age 5?

Flickr / biologycorner

The U.S. Department of Education announced today it is reinstating Oklahoma’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Flexibility Waiver for the 2014-15 school year.

The NCLB waiver was pulled in August following the repeal of Common Core academic standards by state legislators. At the time, Assistant Education Secretary Deborah Delisle told Oklahoma officials they could "no longer demonstrate that the state's standards are college- and career-ready standards."

"In some places, tests — and preparation for them — are dominating the calendar and culture of schools and causing undue stress for students and educators."

The quote comes not from an angry parent or firebrand school leader but from Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Of course, he's the guy currently in charge of a big chunk of those tests: the No Child Left Behind requirement of annual standardized testing in grades 3-8, plus once during grades 10-12.

Common Core Reading: The High Achievers

Nov 13, 2014

Part 2 in a four-part series on reading in the Common Core era.

Linnea Wolters was prepared to hate the Common Core State Standards.

She taught fifth grade at a low-income school in Reno, Nev., where, she says, there was always some new plan to improve things. And none of it added up to good education. But, after leading her class through a Core-aligned lesson — a close reading of Emma Lazarus' sonnet "The New Colossus" — she was intrigued, especially by the way different students reacted to the process.

Getting Ready for Common Core's Replacement

Oct 24, 2014

Oklahoma representatives are trying to find a replacement for the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

KOSU's Danniel Parker reports on last week's House Education Committee meeting.

House Bill 3399 made Oklahoma one of ten states not to use Common Core educational standards. A committee led by State Rep. Ann Coody is helping create a new standard for the state, set to begin in 2016.

Director of Secondary Education for Stillwater Schools Walter Howell says this raises some issues and leaves some teachers in a scramble

Oye Help Me Prepares Students For College

Oct 20, 2014
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Oye-Help-Me-Series/219072838245319

Are you an Hispanic senior in high school who will be applying to college soon?

KOSU's Diana Martinez introduces us to a group providing assistance.

Oye Help Me is hosting its 2014 Higher Education Conference on the OSU-OKC campus in the Student Center, this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Pages