Emmanuel Felton

Poll Finds for the First Time That Majority of Teachers Shun Common Core

Just a week after the New York State Education Department confirmed that the proportion of students refusing to take annual state tests had quadrupled from five percent last year to 20 percent this year, the results of a new poll - released on Tuesday – raise questions about how pervasive opposition to testing and the Common Core is around the… Read more »

Lessons from New York: Don’t Expect Fast Change Under Common Core

This piece is co-authored by Sarah Butrymowicz. New York State released the results from the latest round of Common Core-aligned tests on Wednesday. Three years into the transition to harder tests, scores across the board have remained low and largely stagnant. Thirty percent of all fifth-graders passed the English exam, for instance – while just… Read more »

Some Common Core Tests Are Getting Shorter. What Are They Losing?

Bodie Manly helps Jarmon James, 12, with fractions in advance of a PARCC-like practice test. Photo: Peggy Barmore WASHINGTON – After a rough spring testing season, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), one of two state consortia tapped by the federal government to develop tests tied to the Common Core… Read more »