Common Core Gallup Poll Results

COMMON CORE GALLUP POLL SHOWS MORE AWARENESS, MORE INACCURACY PDK Gallop poll confirms that CCSS knowledge is a roiling battle for control of the narrative. While more people know about the Standards, and have formed strong opinions about them, the actual knowledge they have varies widely, with most people getting their information from TV, Radio, or […]


No Progress in Test Results

No Progress in Test Results The NAEP results just came out.  The huge importance of these tests is that there is no way to prepare for them because they are given only to a small portion of students who are chosen at random.  The results also carry no consequence to the schools or the students.  […]


Letter From a Principal about Testing

A letter from a Principal about Testing (on Teacher Appreciation Day) This letter about testing was sent from a Principal in NYC to the staff in the school. We’ve reprinted the letter in its entirety. Listen to this post! Dear Colleagues, We are full swing into testing season. We have managed to survive the NYS […]


MD Superintendent Blasts State Tests

MARYLAND SUPERINTENDENT BLASTS STATE TEST The Maryland superintendents are protesting giving the existing Maryland State Assessment this year.  They argue that the test is simply not aligned with the Common Core and the state assessment has no consequences.  Therefore, they would rather use their scarce resources to focus on the issues of implementing the common […]

By John Russo | Educational Policy

Resources for Teaching Literacy in Kindergarten

Resources for Teaching Literacy in Kindergarten This question came to us from a NYC teacher, and it was such a good one that I wanted to share it with you: What are some strategies for teaching literacy in kindergarten? (specifics, please) We’re happy to help! I’m going to look quickly at Balanced Literacy (which was […]


Common Core Changes and State of the City

Common Core Changes in NY / The State of the City – UPDATED! It’s a busy Monday for NYC Education! The NYS Regents Board held a meeting to announce recommendations for common core changes, and Mayor De Blasio delivered his State of the City speech, pushing hard for his Pre-K and Middle School plan. Here are […]

By John Russo | Educational Policy


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