Dr. Sandra Stotsky

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Minority Parents Also Opposed to 'Workforce' Common Core Curriculum

Both Republican and Democratic governors need to know that minority parents with children in the public schools express similar concerns to those of non-minority parents. They, too, don’t understand why Common Core seems to assume that all children will benefit from the low academic expectations embodied in Common Core’s college-readiness standards. Jul 15, 2014 6:55 AM PT

What We Need Instead of Common Core

Despite the billions of dollars showered on our schools, American public education is poor to mediocre and likely to remain so. Only 7% of our grade 8 students reach the advanced level in mathematics (on TIMSS tests), suggesting why little advanced coursework in mathematics and science can be taught in our high schools. In contrast, between 27% to 49% of grade 8 students in the five highest-achieving countries (all in East Asia) reach the advanced level. Jul 5, 2014 6:57 AM PT

With Common Core, States Face Problem of Which Tests to Give Students

The burning education issue facing most states at the moment is which tests should they give their K-12 students next year to satisfy the conditions of their waivers from the United States Department of Education (USED) or the commitments they made in their Race to the Top (RttT) applications, whether or not they received an RttT grant or other funds from the USED or the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Jul 1, 2014 9:49 AM PT

Local School Districts Should Eliminate Common Core and Adopt Stronger Standards

Oklahoma is the most recent state to try to eliminate the Common Core standards. Many Oklahomans deserve credit for the bill Gov. Mary Fallin (R) may sign this week. The truth, however, is there will be no end to the Gates Foundation effort to eliminate “white privilege” in K-12 with deliberately weak secondary school standards, rather than to strengthen secondary school coursework for all students with academically rigorous and internationally benchmarked standards. May 26, 2014 9:34 AM PT

Sandra Stotsky's Report to Gov. Mike Pence on Indiana's Future ELA Standards

As I indicated in my article last week, I sent Governor Pence (R) of Indiana a report on April 8, 2014 containing the suggestions of four Indiana high school English teachers and over 20 literary scholars for improving Common Core's English language arts (ELA) standards, which were mostly cut-and-pasted into Indiana's draft #2. May 12, 2014 12:02 PM PT

The Pence Strategy: A Model for Public Deception on Education

Two years ago I crafted an updated set of English language arts standards based on the set I helped develop in Massachusetts in 1997. This set of standards, copyright-free and cost-free, has been available for districts and states to use in place of the Common Core standards since May 2013. May 8, 2014 10:59 AM PT


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