Eight problems with Common Core Standards

So it was probably in March of that year when, sitting at a dining room table in an apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, my host — a Third grade teachers learn how to teach common core mathematics in Tennessee. (Mark A Large/publishing executive, friend, and fellow West Virginian — said he’d just bought the book.

Practice Tests for Upper Grades


This page contains practice tests in Spanish for the different grade levels described below.  For secundaria and preparatoria.  It includes all the required subject areas.  For PRIMARIA there are 3 subject areas available.

Common Core Standards Cons

smiley-face-thumbs-down-clipart-aceRqezki1. The Common Core Standards will be a very difficult adjustment for students and teachers initially. Make no mistake that this will be a difficult transition. It is not the way many teachers are used to teaching and not the way that many students are used to learning. There will not be instant results, but instead will be a slow process.

ELD Teachers K-5 - Assessment Strategies

english-language-learning-aveenasThe topic of the education of immigrants  and language minorities has always been accompanied by social and political controversy in California. The state of California has provided specialized programs for English learners since 1960s,

Common Core Standards Pros

   smiley-face-thumbs-down-clipart-di7pLyxi91. The Common Core Standards are internationally bench-marked. This means that our standards will compare favorably to standards of other countries. This is positive in that the United States has dropped considerably in educational rankings over the last few decades.

10 competencies that teachers of ELD should possess

clipart-for-teachers-folder teacher notesThere are 10 competencies that teachers of ELD should possess. The competencies should guide professional development, assisting teachers at all stages of their careers to teach all English learners well and to prepare them to be productive members of their school and home communities.

Common Core Standards: arguments against — and for

opinion-clipart-k12118272In a recent post, Yong Zhao, presidential chair and associate dean for global education at the University of Oregon’s College of Education, asked five key questions about the Common Core State Standards, which are coming to 46 states and the District of Columbia.

5 Tips for Explaining Common Core to Parents

In many schools and districts, October and November are filled with parent-teacher conferences. Teachers across the nation meet with parents during early-release days and evening sessions to discuss each student’s progress and successes. This year, many schools and teachers are facing a new, difficult topic to discuss with parents: Common Core Assessment results.

8 Steps to Get Ready for Test Season

Weather we like them or not, academic assessments are a yearly ritual in our lives.  Every year our schools take on that enormous challenge to asses our kids. We need to be prepared to assist our children succeed in this important process. The following article recommends 8 specific steps to be prepared for test season. Full Article