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  1. My weekend rabbit-hole search lead me to this interesting article about Common Core. If you read through the article you will find this link to the Concord Consortium and the Sage Modeler.
  2. My third grader is in public school this year. We are having trouble transitioning from homeschool to public school, especially with the necessary afterschooling. I homeschooled him in preschool. He went to a different public school for kindergarten, where he had a great social time but didn't learn the 3R's, so I homeschooled him 1st and 2nd grade, and now he's in a different public school for 3rd grade. I would have preferred to continue our homeschool curriculum, or something similar in a classroom, but public school is the best option for our family right now. He is a basketcase. His teachers tell us that he has wonderful behavior at school, seems to be happy to be there; and the structured day, social interaction, and consistent schedule seem to be just what he needed and wanted. But he is a basketcase at home. Because of our different approach with homeschool, he does not line up perfectly with where his classmates are expected to be. In some subjects, I knew he was about a half a grade "behind," but in others, he is perfectly comfortable. We didn't want to retain him in 2nd grade and hurt his self-esteem. We wanted to give him a challenge, a chance to work hard. But he cannot do the assigned homework without our constant presence and help. I give him extra independent work to do, to get his 3R's skills up to speed. But all of it, the homework and the afterschooling, is a battle. He struggles with the academics because the approach is so different, common core and all that, and he takes his frustrations out on us parents with tantrums, defiance, whining, ugly words. I'm pretty sure it's a kid character/age problem, because our 1st grader is really soaring, in the same school, after two years at home with me. We have tried several approaches, and the latest we have landed on is to make sure that he gets plenty of free-range outdoor playtime for the entire afternoon block after school. After dinner, when younger siblings are settling down for bed, we work on homework/afterschool with him. And in the morning, on his way to school, he reads aloud the memory work that I put together each week to complement the classwork. We have already met with his teachers twice, and all agree that he should not go back to 2nd grade, but see 3rd grade through and repeat it next year if necessary. He will start one day a week tutoring with his teachers in a few weeks, and they will send tailored extra help home with him. This afternoon at pickup, he said, "Mom, I think I DO like school after all." Here is my question: Should I blow off the homework entirely and focus all our attention on working steadily through the 3R's curriculum that I believe he will not get if I don't provide it, knowing that it will undergird his work in the classroom, over time? Or should I drop the classical approach for now, and put all my energy into making this public school common core system work for us? Do you have any classical curriculum suggestions that complement common core? Thank you for your advice. Current Afterschool Curriculum: Horizons Math with fact families memorization (2nd grade+) Abeka Phonics and Language Arts (2nd grade+) Rod and Staff Spelling (2nd grade+) Language Lessons for Today (3rd grade level)
  3. "But many high-performing districts, while adopting the new standards, retain the fast pace of old math instruction. Palo Alto, Saratoga, Cupertino and Pleasanton -- districts that pride themselves on high test scores -- maintain some accelerated math tracks in middle school. So does Los Gatos, which did an about-face after a parent protest last year. Those paths put students on track to taking advanced placement calculus in high school." "And the Cupertino Union School District has a majority of its 6,350 middle-school students on a path that propels them two years ahead in math. Superintendent Wendy Gudalewicz said that at forums to introduce Common Core, "The biggest concern was, 'Are you going to hold my child back?'"" http://www.mercurynews.com/education/ci_26726897/math-education-parents-push-schools-accelerate-middle-schoolers My school district is not in this news but is still offering algebra 1 at 7th grade with no plans to scrap. ETA: Just thought people might be interested that parents protest does work.
  4. The nonprofit organization, called EdReports.org, They should solicit input from these Forums !
  5. Okay. Our charter school gives me money to spend on curricula each year (hurrah!) and is becoming Common Core aligned (ick -- this is apparently much more annoying on my end than whatever the previous standards were). I am not complaining; our contact teacher is really lovely and would let me wing it at our monthly meetings, but I really really prefer to be prepared and not winging it. Does anyone have ideas about what would be a good planner -- paper, online, computer, whatever -- to let me enter the assignments and their Putative Common Core Alignments ahead of time? In some way that's easy to produce a report that is easy to read? I did this by hand in the past, so a paper planner that's easy to data-enter from would suit fine. thanks in advance! and our computer constraint is the Mac OS/iPad: I have a Mac laptop, and can use an iPad. Windows is too annoying to run on my virtual machine.
  6. Has anyone here done research on how Common Core has changed the ACT/SAT? In no way do I want or plan to change my dd's curriculum to meet CC "standards", but we are concerned about how it will change testing for college entrance ( she will finish in 2016). I'm wondering if doing lots of ACT prep will ensure a high enough score. And then there's this: https://www.act.org/certificate/earn.html Thanks, Desiree
  7. I got on a little rabbit trail today and started reading a little about common core, for the most part I don't care about it all, but I read in a few places something like "pushing an agenda of racial and social justice". Can anyone tell me what the heck that means? I don't mean for this to be political, but I really do not understand this? It seems to be used in conjunction with the term indoctrination so somehow social justice is seen as a bad thing??
  8. The Common Core guinea pig project begins. James officially takes the test today and tomorrow. We have hopefully gotten all the gnashing of teeth, hair pulling, swearing at the computer, angst out of the way with the practice tests. This is a field test in every sense of the word and we will be providing feed back on what works and what doesn't work. My 2 cents from all the practice tests - its glitchy, poorly written, any answer will work. In other words, designed for failure. Both on the students part and the powers that be. Telling James not to stress out too much about it because we won't be getting any results. Which is pretty stupid because I can see lots of kids doing the bare minimum to just get by.
  9. I am coming late to this discussion because I've been ignoring the Common Core hoping it would go away. But I don't think It's going away anytime soon. My questions are not about the concerning questions of data collection linked to Common Core testing, rather my questions are focused on ensuring my student goes to college. At first glance the standards put forth by the Common Core seem reasonable; the textbook marketing to achieve these standards seems less reasonable, and the testing seems unreasonable and flawed. We did the Smarter Balance test for our charter school/independent study. Maybe it was better than filling in bubbles for the STAR test, but who or what grades the writing portion of the Smarter Balance Test? There were software issues with the math portion of the test. My takeaway from this trial run was that my child needs to be able to compose a several paragraph essay in one sitting with ease and be able to decipher what the question is asking for in math. I've been reading the arguments both for and against the Common Core implementation and how it will affect homeschoolers and those who choose independent study through a charter school. Most troubling is how college admissions tests are linked to the Common Core standards. Both public and private schools are finding they must align themselves with the Common Core to ensure their students do well on college entrance exams. By extension, homeschool student may also find themselves align their student learning to the Common Core to ensure their student(s) pass college entrance exams. The Common Core will not affect my junior in high school, but it will affect my 5th grader as she moves through junior high, high school, and takes college entrance exams. How are you coping with these new standards? Do they matter? Are they changing the choices you're making when considering curriculum next year?
  10. Since we are using a home school charter school in California we are required to take standardized tests. We have been asked to test the new testing platform before our students take their tests this spring. I want to gauge my eyeballs out! This new test is not user-friendly and it assumes a very advanced technological ability in working with the interface. I am so happy that this is our last year with the charter and that we will be flying solo next year, even if it means saying goodbye to the $1500 annual education stipend! Ugh. Do you want to take a practice test? Maybe you will find it more user-friendly than I did. I gave up after the third question in math because I could not get the stupid input method to accurately express my equation. Here is the link if you are interested. You get 99 test runs and you just hit enter. No need for a password or username. http://www.smarterbalanced.org/practice-test/ Let me know what you think. :lurk5:
  11. I am looking for a test that would at the least correlate with the common core and at best is not 10+ years old. I am a private teacher homeschooling an 8 yr child for an affluent couple. She is definitely bright. They want her to have a private school education eventually and are able to give her 1-1 instruction at this time. To ensure she will have the skills and knowledge base for the next level, I am looking for testing materials that do not simply qualify as a standardized test, but give them "apples to apples" comparison. Any suggestions or guidance for testing materials or services are welcomed! Thanks, K
  12. "We welcome your input on the draft 2013 Revision of the Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools during this first of two 60-day public review and comment periods." Instruction page http://www.cde.ca.go...ublicreview.asp Framework page http://www.cde.ca.go...hfwchapters.asp acceleration options and accomodations for LD is in the appendices (scroll to bottom of framework page)
  13. What do you think about the new common core standards? I've read a few articles on this recently (mostly from an anti-common core viewpoint)... The argument is that we are dumbing down our standards, and this will prove to be one more failed goverment education program (think NCLB). Curious to hear some discussion. Do you use common core to determine how your child is doing? (I confess I have...but it does leave me wondering if we're really achieving as much as we could or should. But then I tend to be an overachiever...) If you don't use common core, what do you use?
  14. http://www.cbmsweb.org/MET2/index.htm Chapter 4 (16 pages) and Chapter 5 (14 pages) talks about teacher education to teach common core math for elementary and middle school.
  15. Maria Miller, creator of Math Mammoth, has set up an extensive FAQ page explaining the revision of MM and its alignment to the Common Core standards. Since this is a topic that has come up many times in the past couple of months, I thought y'all might like to read about it, straight from the Mammoth's mouth, so to speak: www.mathmammoth.com/faq-common-core.php
  16. Did anyone see IEW's facebook post on Common Core? Just in case you missed it, here is Andrew's take on the whole Common Core issue: If anyone takes the time to actually read the Common Core standards for writing, they will realize that most of it is vague and non-specific, lacking concrete tasks and competences that will actually help develop basic skills. Truly, a first grade writing standard should be something like this: "Student can copy short paragraphs of 3-5 sentences from poetry, scripture, or literature with accurate punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and formatting, with legible penmanship." That might actually be a beneficial goal for 6-yr olds. But what do we find? Non-specific jargon like this: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.1 Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.2 Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.3 Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure. Whoever wrote this has spent very little time nose-to-nose with first graders. But the strange thing is that the Grade 1 standards don't really sound much different from the Grade 4 standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.1a Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer’s purpose. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.1b Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.1c Link opinion and reasons using words and phrases (e.g., for instance, in order to, in addition). CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.1d Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented. Fortunately, we know that students who do IEW Structure and Style for a few years (whenever they start) come out qualitatively and quantitatively ahead of their peers at any grade level. We are not playing the game that schools are forced to play "teach to the test"... but we do have a method that works, and if we re-word what we do to more closely fit the fuzzy vernacular of the Common Core initiative, homeschooling parents shouldn't for one second think that it means that we have changed what we do. We are just helping these desperate schools realize that our approach will indeed help them achieve their basic goals for competency in composition. We are trying to help the seemingly blind to see a slight bit of light. So homeschoolers: IEW isn't either for or against the Common Core. In the big picture, it's probably irrelevant. We are for helping all children learn to write and speak the English language more eloquently, and if we are to serve the hardworking school teachers in their efforts to nurture basic skills in their students, we may have to accommodate the verbiage that the schools are required to adopt. But it doesn't change anything about who we are and what we do. Okie-dokie? Andrew Pudewa ETA: I didn't put this out there to advertise IEW, but to point out the mumbo jumbo that they call standards. I think even loosely following the WTM ideas out there would produce writers who can exceed these ridiculous standards.
  17. The president of College Board has announced changes to the SAT. http://chronicle.com/blogs/headcount/college-board-plans-improved-sat Still light on details but it will be tied more closely to Common Core.
  18. I have been using MM for a couple years with dd, and a year or so ago bought a deal on the next few year's worth of math, so I have grades 1-6. However, it was announced sometime later that they made updates to MM to make it align with the new Common Core. Ds just started in MM1 this week and I am wondering if I can get the update for him so it will at least align for him. I don't want the new version for dd because several topics changed grade levels and she will end up missing some things and redoing others if she changes now. Have any of you been able to get the new version without having to rebuy MM? If you did get the new one, were you able to keep the old one also for an older dc?
  19. I just read the November newsletter detailing the changes Maria Miller is making to the curriculum. It looks to me that the curriculum is being dumbed down. Am I missing something? If this has already been discussed, please let me know, as I've already tried two searches on the forum and came up with nothing.
  20. I was just reading this thread about the changes in Math Mammoth. What other programs might be receiving overhauls even as we speak? Does anyone have any updates from other authors or publishers?
  21. I don't remember seeing a thread about this recently. According to an article in Education Week, the newly appointed head of College Board announced that one of his top priorities will be to reshape the SAT to reflect Common Core standards.
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