Testing chipping away at teaching, educators say

Standardized testing is chipping away at “so many layers” of a public school classroom these days, a panel of educators said during a town hall meeting — taking away from teacher autonomy to curriculum and even technology hubs placed in schools to help students learn and connect to a high-tech world.

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Common Questions on Common Core Part 3: How it’s working in Md., what it costs

In a major shift in public education, states across the nation have been implementing a new set of standards known as the Common Core. Common Core appears as a subject in national and local news media and is a constant subject of debate, particularly in conservative circles. Despite all this attention, Common Core still remains a confusing topic for many people. This three-part series answers some basic questions about Common Core. Part 3 looks at how the standards are working in Maryland and what they will cost.

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Common Questions on Common Core Part 2: New requirements and tests in Md.

In a major shift in public education, states across the nation have been implementing a new set of standards known as the Common Core. Common Core appears as a subject in national and local news media and is a constant subject of debate, particularly in conservative circles.

Despite all this attention, Common Core still remains a confusing topic for many people. Part 2 of this three-part series looks at what the new standards mean for Maryland public school systems and their limited options in implementing them.

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Common Questions on Common Core Part 1: About the new school standards

This year, in a major shift in public education, states across the nation have been implementing a new set of standards known as the Common Core. Common Core still remains a confusing topic for many people. In this three-part series MarylandReporter.com answers some basic questions about Common Core. The first part will focus on the Common Core itself and how it was developed, while parts 2 and 3 will look at the standards, how they are working in Maryland and what they will cost.

Common Core legislation advances; use of tests for teacher evaluations would be delayed

Legislation designed to solve problems created by the implementation of the Common Core curriculum standards advanced in the House and Senate Thursday. A bill to delay the use of testing on Common Core standards in teacher evaluations until 2016-2017 passed the Senate with only one dissenting vote, while the House version received a favorable report from the Ways and Means Committee, sending it to the House floor.

Repealing Common Core appeals to scores of parents

Scores of parents from across Maryland told legislators this week that they want to junk the new Common Core curriculum standards altogether. Their reasons ranged from the political to the pedagogic. They objected to the new computerized tests being imposed and to the untested teaching methods. They invoked the Constitution, copyright law, corporate conspiracies and common sense.