Educating the Whole Child- The Case for Arts Education

On February 10, 2016, in Common Core, K-12, by Shannon Hillman

Check out HEPC’s analysis on why arts education is a necessity in schools. Educating the Whole Child The Case for Arts Education

Too much testing in schools. (Source; The Atlantic, October 2015)

On October 30, 2015, in Common Core, K-12, News & Events, by Shannon Hillman

  The White House’s recent acknowledgement of too much testing in schools. Read the Atlantic’s latest expose on the issue. Find it here and the corresponding study on testing in our schools.

Interview with Dr. Frank Pottenger: Designing Curriculum, The Way Students and Teachers Think (Source: ThinkTech Hawaii, June 2015)

On June 11, 2015, in Common Core, Think Tech, by Shannon Hillman

Host Jim Shon speaks with Dr. Frank Pottenger (Curriculum Research & Development Group, University of Hawaii at Manoa) about designing course curriculum based on the way that students and teachers think. Find the video here.

New NAEP study shows less than 30% of students proficient in Social Studies (Source; NAEP, April, 2015)

On April 29, 2015, in Civic Education and Citizenship, Common Core, K-12, by Shannon Hillman

The national study of 8th graders through the NAEP reports that only 23% are proficient in civics, with other Social Studies disciplines discussed. Explore the interactive report here.

Helping Diverse Learners Master The Common Core

On November 2, 2013, in Common Core, K-12, News & Events, by Shannon Hillman

From the Editorial Projects in Education “Moving beyond the Mainstream-  Helping Diverse Learners Master the Common Core”. Find it here.

Science Standards Challenges Envisioned for Next-Generation Science Tests

On October 7, 2013, in Common Core, News & Events, STEM, by Shannon Hillman

Amidst growing fights over Common Core standards and tests for math and English, the common science standards have been quietly gaining steam. But some experts predict that measuring student progress under these standards may require even more testing innovation than the Common Core. So far, seven states have adopted the Next-Generation Science Standards. See an […]

Assessments/Common Core State Chiefs Set Criteria for ‘High-Quality’ Assessment.

On October 3, 2013, in Accountability, Common Core, K-12, News & Events, by Shannon Hillman

State superintendents are demanding that testmakers, including the two consortia building tests for the common standards, adhere to four principles to create “high-quality assessment.” A Council of Chief State School Officers report describes how assessment practice should ensure test accessibility and security, and create user-friendly reports that chart students’ progress and provide data that can […]

Four decades of failed school reform

On October 3, 2013, in Common Core, K-12, School Reform, STEM, by Shannon Hillman

From the Washington Post, author Patrick Welsh recounts his experiences with school reforms over the last forty years in his time as an English teacher. Article found here.

Three Ways to Derail the Common Core Standards

On October 3, 2013, in Accountability, Common Core, K-12, School Reform, by Shannon Hillman

Without structural change in schools, the Common Core Standards are doomed. There is little doubt that the Common Core standards push schools, teachers and students to more inquiry-based, deeper understandings than many traditional standards. The Common Core model implies groups of students working together to examine concepts and problems. The teacher is less the “Sage […]

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