Get Schooled: Have critics read Common Core State Standards?
A lot of folks responded to an AJC op-ed piece by Tanya Ditty and Jane Robbins criticizing Common Core State Standards.
A frequent comment was the two critics mischaracterized what Common Core says, especially in contending it mandates students spend half their time on “informational texts,” forcing ...
Get Schooled: Rotten to the Core: Stop federal dictates on Georgia education
Tanya Ditty is state director of Concerned Women for America of Georgia. Jane Robbins is a senior fellow with the American Principles in Action. Together, they call for passage of Senate Bill 167, now under review in the House Education Commitee and due for a vote there Wednesday.
Get Schooled: SAT makes essay optional, returns to 1600 scale and looks more like Common Core
The College Board introduced an essay section in 2005 because it felt a stronger focus on writing was needed in American high schools. The College Board now says the timed essay didn’t prove useful to many college admissions officers so it will become optional, part of an extensive overhaul of ...
Get Schooled: Wow. Atlanta reveals 14 football players at Grady used false addresses
There has been a lot of news out of Atlanta Public Schools including the removal of some beloved principals. Tonight, AJC reporter Mark Niessse writes another big story: One in four Grady High School football players — 14 students— used faked addresses to play on the team and attend the ...
Get Schooled: State school chief: Anti-standards bill "would throw our education system into chaos."
House Education Committee statement of state School Chief John Barge on Senate Bill 167, a bill banning national standards and testing based on national testing in Georgia:
· Members of the House Education Committee, Ladies and Gentlemen.
· I’m State School Superintendent John Barge and I’m here today to speak against Senate ...
Get Schooled: Georgia House leader: We need more high school students enrolled in AP classes
Republican State Rep. Terry England represents portions of Barrow County. This is the first piece for the Get Schooled blog.
In calling for more Georgia students in AP classes, England is essentially calling for more kids in a program based on national standards and national testing. As a member ...
Get Schooled: The anti-standards bill: A backwards state stepping further back as rest of world moves forward
Someone on the previous blog asked what the business community is doing about the attack on Common Core State Standards in the Georgia General Assembly, an attack that has led to the Senate passage of an anti-national standards bill. The bill will be discussed in the House today ...
Get Schooled: Public outcry has reopened discussion on Common Core bill but will lawmakers listen?
See latest blog: This bill will cause Georgia to be seen as a backwards state stepping even further back and undercutting our children in the process.
I have been told by several education policy folks that they were informed by House leaders last week that there would be no ...