Common Core State Standards http://kuow.org en Teachers Protest Gates Foundation-Backed Education Reforms http://kuow.org/post/teachers-protest-gates-foundation-backed-education-reforms <p>A coalition of teachers and their supporters marched through downtown Seattle Thursday afternoon to the headquarters of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.<br /><br />The local branch of a national organization that calls itself the Badass Teachers Association was protesting the education reform efforts the Gates Foundation has generously funded, from charter schools to the new Common Core State Standards. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 23:33:21 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 37182 at http://kuow.org Teachers Protest Gates Foundation-Backed Education Reforms How The Gates Foundation Bankrolled And Built National Support For Common Core http://kuow.org/post/how-gates-foundation-bankrolled-and-built-national-support-common-core <p>Marcie Sillman talks with Washington Post reporter <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/pb/lyndsey-layton">Lyndsey&nbsp;Layton</a>&nbsp;about how the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-bill-gates-pulled-off-the-swift-common-core-revolution/2014/06/07/a830e32e-ec34-11e3-9f5c-9075d5508f0a_story.html">funded and built political support</a> for&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.corestandards.org/">Common Core</a> academic standards in more than 40 states.</span> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:20:07 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Andy Hurst 36350 at http://kuow.org How The Gates Foundation Bankrolled And Built National Support For Common Core The Common Core Curriculum Void http://kuow.org/post/common-core-curriculum-void Right now, America's schools are in a sprint. Forty-four states and the District of Columbia have adopted the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/05/27/307755798/the-common-core-faq">Common Core State Standards</a>. That means new learning benchmarks for the vast majority of the nation's young students — millions of kids from kindergarten through high school. And, for many of them, the Core Standards will feel tougher than what they're used to. Because they are tougher.<p>It's a seismic shift in education meant to better prepare kids for college, career and the global economy. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 07:29:00 +0000 Cory Turner 35677 at http://kuow.org The Common Core Curriculum Void Common Core State Standards Explained http://kuow.org/post/common-core-state-standards-explained <p></p><p>Ross Reynolds sits down with KUOW's education reporter Ann Dornfeld to talk about the <a href="http://kuow.org/post/common-core-good-fit-kindergarten">new changes to learning standards</a> in Washington state public schools. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:29:39 +0000 Ann Dornfeld & Ross Reynolds 32405 at http://kuow.org Common Core State Standards Explained Is Common Core A Good Fit For Kindergarten? http://kuow.org/post/common-core-good-fit-kindergarten <p></p><p>As school districts across Washington integrate the new Common Core State Standards in reading and math into their curricula, some kindergarten teachers say the standards are&nbsp;squeezing out other important lessons that young children need to succeed in school – and life. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:30:27 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 32339 at http://kuow.org Is Common Core A Good Fit For Kindergarten? An Education Reporter Puts Himself To The (Standardized) Test http://kuow.org/post/education-reporter-puts-himself-standardized-test What are the two most feared — most reviled — words in the English language?<p>"Tax day," maybe? Or "traffic jam"?<p>"Pink slip" still connotes an awful brand of helplessness, even though, I assume, most Americans who get pink-slipped these days never see a pink slip.<p>No, my vote is for "standardized test."<p>That's right. You felt it, didn't you? Shivers up the spine. The stab of a No. 2 pencil. And oh! Those monstrous, monotonous bubbles. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:34:00 +0000 editor 32165 at http://kuow.org An Education Reporter Puts Himself To The (Standardized) Test Political Rivals Find Common Ground Over Common Core http://kuow.org/post/political-rivals-find-common-ground-over-common-core Supporters of the new Common Core <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/01/19/169798643/new-reading-standards-aim-to-prep-kids-for-college-but-at-what-cost">education standards</a> adopted by 45 states say the standards hold American students to much higher expectations, and move curriculum away from a bubble-test culture that encourages test preparation over deeper learning.<p>But there's growing backlash to <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/07/05/198442307/education-reform-learns-lesson-from-old-standards">Common Core</a>, and conservatives and liberals increasingly are voicing similar concerns: t Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:58:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 27749 at http://kuow.org Political Rivals Find Common Ground Over Common Core New Bill Would Examine Student Privacy In Washington State http://kuow.org/post/new-bill-would-examine-student-privacy-washington-state <p></p><p>A bill introduced in the state Legislature this week calls for a study into how much student data is being released without families’ knowledge or consent. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:52:12 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 27206 at http://kuow.org Seattle School Board Candidates Clash On Testing, State Standards http://kuow.org/post/seattle-school-board-candidates-clash-testing-state-standards <p></p><p>One of the hottest races on Seattle&rsquo;s fall ballot isn&#39;t for mayor or city council, but&nbsp;a seat on the Seattle School Board. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 16:52:44 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 22179 at http://kuow.org Seattle School Board Candidates Clash On Testing, State Standards