The largest education company in the world put reading passages from its new Common Core-aligned curriculum into sixth- and eighth-grade tests it administered in New York, prompting concerns that schools who used Pearson materials gained a testing advantage over those that did not.
This is the first year of New York’s new Common Core-aligned statewide tests, and year two of education company Pearson’s five year, $32 million contract to provide grade 3-8 assessments in English language arts and math, “making it the first year this specific overlap between a Pearson Common Core curriculum and a Pearson Common Core-aligned assessment could have existed,” said Kathleen Porter-Magee, a fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. “It’s less likely that this kind of passage duplication happened in the past.”
Common Core is a set of national math and English requirements for grades K-12 that 45 states, including New York, have adopted. National tests corresponding to them will come out in 2014...
Tuesday's ed news
Delay Common Core implementation, Pennsylvania's governor orders.
The Oklahoma House Speaker moves fast on a bill to withdraw the state from Common Core.
Alabama lawmakers override the governor's attempt to delay a hew school choice law two years.
Parent Trigger foes in Florida have inflated the number of their supporters.
Hawaii gets an NCLB waiver. California will not.
Texans pull the plug on controversial curriculum CSCOPE.
Parents, students, and teachers...
Government preschool programs have expanded greatly in the past decade, but a new poll finds 57 percent of Americans believe parents, not the government, should pay for preschool.
Thirty-two percent said taxpayers should pay for preschool in the Reason-Rupe May 2013 poll.
“President Obama has proposed expanding government preschool programs, however only 37 percent of Americans favor raising taxes to create a universal preschool system, while 61 percent oppose,” the poll summary noted.