Common Core

Missouri General Assembly
2:04 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Common Core, District Accreditation Topics Of Debate When Lawmakers Return

Two bills already have been filed for 2015 session that would drastically change education in Missouri.
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Missouri legislators don’t return to Jefferson City for another month, but two bills that would make big changes to education in the state already have been filed.

One would drastically change the way school districts are accredited and another would stir the controversy around Common Core standards.

Rep. David Wood, a Republican from Versailles in mid-Missouri, pre-filed a bill that would require the state to accredit individual schools rather than entire districts.

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Beyond Our Borders
5:19 am
Wed November 26, 2014

What You Probably Didn't Know About Academic Standards In Kansas And Missouri

When test scores for students in Missouri and Kansas are compared using international benchmarking, Missouri students perform better.
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It’s not really fair, but when many people around here think of quality schools, they think of Kansas.

Indeed, going back decades lots of real estate agents have guided new residents to the Kansas side of the line.

But there’s a significant difference between how Missouri schools and Kansas schools are judged.

"Our Missouri standards tend to rank at the more rigorous levels than do our standards assessments in Kansas," says Dr. Leigh Anne Taylor Knight of the Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium.

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7:50 am
Mon November 24, 2014

How The Common Core Is Changing Math Instruction For Elementary Students

Fourth-grade teacher Emily Callahan at Ravenwood Elementary School in North Kansas City, Mo., talks to her students about the different strategies they could use to solve a math problem.
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  If you’ve been on social media lately, you’ve probably seen parents complaining that the Common Core has ruined math for their kids.

They’ll share comedian Louis CK’s bit about the incompressible homework his kids are bringing home.

“‘Bill has three goldfish. He buys two more. How many dogs live in London?,’” he tells David Letterman. “Or something like that.”

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7:44 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Here's A Sneak Peek At The New Common Core Test Kansas Is Designing

Center for Education Testing and Evaluation Director Marianne Perie explains a graphing problem on Kansas' new standardized test. The exam will be administered in the spring.
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This spring Kansas students will take a new standardized test aligned to the nationally crafted Common Core standards.

The test is for Kansas children only – last year state education officials dropped a plan to use the same test as 20 other states. Instead, Kansas is using a new exam, in development now at the University of Kansas.

"So is where you’re going to find everything we’re working on," says Marianne Perie, director of the Center for Education Testing and Evaluation.

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7:53 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Teachers Remain Committed To Common Core Even As Missouri Reviews Standards

Teachers in North Kansas City spent part of last week at Summer Academy, a workshop to discuss classroom practices.
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This week, as most metro-area students head back to class, there's a fair amount of uncertainty for Missouri teachers who aren't sure what changes, if any, are coming to the Common Core academic standards they've been using for the past four years.

Elected officials have until October to name their picks for committees to review the state's academic standards. And depending on those committees' feedback, Missouri could have all-new standards in two years.

Or, schools could be given very similar expectations to the Common Core.

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Common Core
4:32 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Missouri Parents, Educators To Review Common Core

Missouri parents and educators will take a closer look at academic standards as a result of legislation Gov. Jay Nixon signed Monday in what could be the state's first step away from Common Core.

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.

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3:38 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Kansas Schools Won't Get Report Cards After Hackers Stymie Tests

Most students in Kansas now take their standardized tests on computers. Marianne Perie with KU's Center for Education Testing and Evaluation says even paper and pencil tests aren't foolproof: This year, a box of tests fell off a truck and was destroyed.
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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.

The decision means the state won't be issuing school report cards this fall.

"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 at the University of Kansas. 

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Common Core
2:08 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Missouri Gives Educators Two Years To Make Common Core Decision

Missouri schools have been using the Common Core standards for four years but may have to adjust to new expectations if the state exits the initiative.

Legislation awaiting Missouri 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.

Lawmakers agreed to the compromise last week after debating the contentious nationally-crafted student expectations for most of the session.

If the bill becomes law, educator work groups will spend the next two years writing new learning goals for math and English language arts.

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Common Core
2:49 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Compromise Would Keep Missouri In Common Core – For Now

Missouri schools have been implementing the Common Core standards since they were adopted in 2010.
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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.

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.

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7:55 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Missouri House Considers Funds To Assess Success Of Common Core

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.

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.

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Up to Date
5:12 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

What Is Common Core, And Does It Make Sense?

The Blue Valley and North Kansas City school districts are adapting to the new Common Core standards for classroom learning.
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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.

On Thursday's Up to Date, we talk about what makes this plan different and how local school districts are adjusting.


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9:35 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Critics of Kan. Common Core Standards Blast Testing

Megan King speaking before the Kan. Board of Education.
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Common Core educational standards were once again a topic at Tuesday’s meeting of the Kansas State Board of Education.

Opponents are targeting the standardized tests used in meeting Common Core Requirements. 

Megan King is a parent from Lawrence. She said the costs of the tests will be too high and will require technology updates. King wants the state to keep using tests developed by the University of Kansas.

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9:50 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Kansas Educators Speak Out For Common Core Standards

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.

Sarah Berblinger is a teacher in the Buhler School District. She said the standards also help build a strong foundation for education.

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4:28 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Common Core Standards Tested In Missouri

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is moving forward with plans to fully implement new standards for math, English and language arts. 

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