What’s Wrong with CCSS ELA Standards?

Daniel Katz, PhD, presents a clear but specific explanation of how the ELA standards are set up in direct conflict with what we know about how to instill love of reading.

Dear Common Core English Standards: Can we Talk?

Fact Checking Campbell Brown

Former news reporter Campbell Brown is now the face of the latest lawsuit against teacher tenure (this one in New York State). A teacher-researcher has done some fact-checking on Brown’s argument, and lays it out here, simply and directly.

Fact Checking Campbell Brown

Dissecting Reforminess in Action

This piece is a bit wonky and detail-laden, but it provides a specific case study of how the reformy message was pushed for a district (Philadelphia) and how the messaging matched the actual situation on the ground. Charts, graphs, numbers– but if you want to see an example of exactly how this pretends to work and why it actually doesn’t, this will do nicely.

Debunking Reformy Messaging (from School Finance 101)

Teaching Children To Hate Reading

Nancy Bailey looks at how the pressure to make children more “ready” for school, sooner, pushes teachers into programs that kill the spark. If you’re looking for an answer to “What could be wrong with programs to make sure students are ready for kindergarten,” this is a good place to start.

Setting Children up To Hate Reading

Ten Claims Teachers Should Be Able To Answer

Here’s a handy list of things people keep saying about schools, and the simple questions that you can use for response.

Ten Reform Claims That Teachers Should Know How To Challenge

What Exactly Do You Object To?

Tired of this question? Here’s a clear, complete, and specific answer to the “what exactly is objectionable about the ELA standards” question, from somebody who knows his way around standards and testing.

I’ll Be Happy To Tell You What I Don’t Like


How Bill Gates Did It

This piece of investigative reporting from the Washington Post’s Lyndsey Layton may be one of the most important pieces written in quite a while. Here is a simple straightforward narrative of how Bill Gates became the father of Common Core and its attendant complex of “reforms.”

How Bill Gates Pulled Off the Swift Common Core Revolution


Education, Inc

A good overview of how Presidential proclamations and business interests have fed the reformy beast. Lots of links to other sources, so this can be a good place to start reading.

Overview of the Issues


CCSS: Curriculum or Not?

One of the constantly-debated issues of the Common Core is the argument about whether it constitutes a national curriculum, or if it’s only standards, which are totes different, dude. In this post from my other blog, I try to lay out an explanation of what the Common Core have to do with curriculum, and whether its defenders have a point or not.

Curmudgucation: Curriculum or Standards?


A Quick Guide To Test Terminology

Anya Kamenetz has produced a nice clean, clear article outlying some of the basic terminology of testing. If you’d like a clear, understandable explanation of terms like formative, summative and validity, this link is for you.

What Are Education Tests For, Anyway?