Dr. Sandra Stotsky

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Why We Should Eliminate State Boards and State Departments of Education

It is becoming increasingly clearer that the main groups oppressing parents, local school boards, and local teacher unions with Common Core-based standards and tests (regardless of what they are actually called) are state boards of education and state departments of education.

Governors in Sheep's Clothing Deceiving Parents about Common Core

Governors in Sheep's Clothing Deceiving Parents about Common Core

Many governors are drawing from a large bag of tricks to confuse and deceive parents worried about the Common Core standards, their implementation, and the tests based on them.   Most parents’ major, if not only, concern is the academic

What Does That Common Core Copyright Mean?

What Does That Common Core Copyright Mean?

There seems to be some confusion in state departments of education about what that copyright on Common Core’s standards actually means. Some staffers seem to think it means that the standards revision committees, set in motion by a governor’s executive

How to Develop State or Local Non-Common Core-Based Standards

How to Develop State or Local Non-Common Core-Based Standards

States and local school districts can develop their own non-Common Core standards by following the steps below: 1. Vote for Chair of Steering Committee: The Steering Committee in charge of the project (i.e., in charge of the two standards development

Minority Parents Also Opposed to 'Workforce' Common Core Curriculum

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

What We Need Instead of Common Core

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

The Pence Strategy: A Model for Public Deception on Education

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

How States and School Districts Can Opt Out of Common Core

How States and School Districts Can Opt Out of Common Core

States that want to opt out of the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) and/or the tests aligned to or based on its standards are being threatened by a toothless tiger that doesn’t want the states to know the tiger has