Common Core http://kcur.org en Missouri Parents, Educators To Review Common Core http://kcur.org/post/missouri-parents-educators-review-common-core <p>Missouri parents and educators will take a closer look at academic standards as a result of legislation Gov. Jay Nixon signed Monday in <a href="http://kcur.org/post/compromise-would-keep-missouri-common-core-now">what could be the state's first step away from Common Core</a>.</p><p>An earlier version of the bill would have barred Missouri schools from implementing the Common Core. But now the state will use the nationally-crafted math and English language arts standards for at least two more years.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:32:11 +0000 Elle Moxley 58969 at http://kcur.org Kansas Schools Won't Get Report Cards After Hackers Stymie Tests http://kcur.org/post/kansas-schools-wont-get-report-cards-after-hackers-stymie-tests <p>The Kansas State Board of Education agreed Tuesday to throw out data from this year's math and reading exams after hackers disrupted the spring standardized tests.</p><p>The decision means the state won't be issuing school report cards this fall.</p><p>"We just didn't have faith that the data were going to give an accurate picture of where the students in Kansas are in relation to the new cognitive standards," says Mariane Perie, director of the Center for Education Testing and Evaluation&nbsp;at the University of Kansas.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:38:40 +0000 Elle Moxley 58558 at http://kcur.org Kansas Schools Won't Get Report Cards After Hackers Stymie Tests Missouri Gives Educators Two Years To Make Common Core Decision http://kcur.org/post/missouri-gives-educators-two-years-make-common-core-decision <p>Legislation awaiting Missouri&nbsp;Gov. Jay Nixon's signature gives state educators two years to reaffirm their support for the Common Core or dump the education standards in favor of state-specific alternatives.</p><p>Lawmakers <a href="http://kcur.org/post/compromise-would-keep-missouri-common-core-now">agreed to the compromise last week</a> after debating the contentious nationally-crafted student expectations for most of the session.</p><p>If the bill becomes law, educator work groups will spend the next two years writing new learning goals for math and English language arts.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 19:08:08 +0000 Elle Moxley 55849 at http://kcur.org Missouri Gives Educators Two Years To Make Common Core Decision Compromise Would Keep Missouri In Common Core – For Now http://kcur.org/post/compromise-would-keep-missouri-common-core-now <p>State lawmakers are close to a deal that would keep the Common Core education standards in Missouri schools until a panel of teachers can review the nationally-crafted expectations.</p><p>Missouri is one of 44 states that signed on to use the Common Core in 2010. But as schools have aligned their teaching and materials to the new expectations, parents have pushed back. They're concerned the standards, which have been endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education, will mean a loss of local control for Missouri schools.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 19:49:04 +0000 Elle Moxley 55494 at http://kcur.org Compromise Would Keep Missouri In Common Core – For Now Missouri House Considers Funds To Assess Success Of Common Core http://kcur.org/post/missouri-house-considers-funds-assess-success-common-core <p>A Missouri House subcommittee is considering whether to approve more money for student assessment tests under the new Common Core standards. The standards are designed to implement consistent nationwide standards in math and language arts.</p><p>Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro told the committee Tuesday that implementing Common Core in Missouri has not cost the state any additional money, but that measuring student performance under the new standards will.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 13:55:48 +0000 Marshall Griffin 49451 at http://kcur.org What Is Common Core, And Does It Make Sense? http://kcur.org/post/what-common-core-and-does-it-make-sense <p>Common Core is the latest trend in classroom curriculum, but not everyone’s convinced that it’s better than previous plans. For each new education strategy, schools have to change gears and adapt—and that’s easier said than done.</p><p>On Thursday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk about what makes this plan different and how local school districts are adjusting.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 23:12:26 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 47141 at http://kcur.org What Is Common Core, And Does It Make Sense? Critics of Kan. Common Core Standards Blast Testing http://kcur.org/post/critics-kan-common-core-standards-blast-testing <p>Common Core educational standards were once again a topic at Tuesday’s meeting of the Kansas State Board of Education.</p><p>Opponents are targeting the&nbsp;standardized tests used in meeting Common Core Requirements.&nbsp;</p><p>Megan King is a parent from Lawrence. She said the costs of the tests will be too high and will require technology updates.&nbsp;King&nbsp;wants the state&nbsp;to keep using tests developed by the University of Kansas.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:35:14 +0000 Stephen Koranda 39909 at http://kcur.org Critics of Kan. Common Core Standards Blast Testing Kansas Educators Speak Out For Common Core Standards http://kcur.org/post/kansas-educators-speak-out-common-core-standards <p>Teachers and school district superintendents lined up before the Kansas Board of Education Tuesday to support Common Core reading and math education standards. They argued the standards will help students transfer more easily between schools and create students who are better at critical thinking and problem solving.</p><p>Sarah Berblinger is a teacher in the Buhler School District. She said the standards also help build a strong foundation for education.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:50:18 +0000 Stephen Koranda 38373 at http://kcur.org Common Core Standards Tested In Missouri http://kcur.org/post/common-core-standards-tested-missouri <p>The <a href="http://dese.mo.gov/">Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education</a> is moving forward with plans to fully implement new standards for math, English and language arts.&nbsp; Mon, 01 Apr 2013 21:28:38 +0000 Marshall Griffin 34417 at http://kcur.org Common Core Standards Tested In Missouri