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DALLAS, Texas--On Friday, June 20, during the two-day Austin-held #CANiSEE The Solutions conference on Fed Led Ed, an impromptu press conference took place. Among the speakers were Dr. Sandra Stotsky and Dr. James Milgram--both were there to recount their experiences on the Common Core validation committee where both refused to sign off on the subpar standards. Also among the speakers was Stotskyon language arts, and Milgram on mathematics.

Common Core = Race to the Middle. Math Professor R. James Milgram of Stanford University, the only mathematician on the Validation Committee, refused to sign off on the math standards because they would put US students two years behind those of many high-achieving countries. Education reform- Obama Style.

from Teachers Pay Teachers

Find the Claim! Task Cards

In the Common Core State Standards middle and high school students are being asked to write arguments where they can write a claim that is supported by evidence. Many students find this difficult. To help them, it is easier to teach them to identify a claim and its evidence before they are asked to create one.

This Common Core math problem asks kids to write the ‘friendly’ answer, instead of the correct one! -

from Scholastic Teachers

Handing My Students the Reins With Gary Paulsen’s Mudshark

Handing My Students the Reins With Gary Paulsen’s Mudshark |

from Teachers Pay Teachers

The 8 Elements of an Argument Posters (CCSS)

The 8 Elements of an Argument Posters included 17 8.5x11 Posters. One poster for each of the 8 terms, which are defined with a practical example.Claim ReasonEvidenceExplanationSo what.CounterclaimCounterargumentConclusionPlus 4 posters of transition words/phrases to link claims to reasons, reasons to evidence, claims to counterclaims, and counterclaims to counterarguments.Posters of the four types of evidence, what aren't valid reasons, and the related common core state standards.

from Make Moments Matter


Digital Literacy and Critical Thinking Skills: Separating Fact from Opinion

from The Huffington Post

Republican Rebranding a Massive Failure

The real problem here is that Republicans were so desperate to win elections they allowed fringe elements of the Republican Party a voice because they needed voter enthusiasm to combat a shrinking base. Unfortunately, by doing this, they enfranchised a group of bigots who believe their beliefs have been validated.


Creating a Caring Classroom with Poems and Chants

Love this graphic organizer for reading!


How to Teach Your Child To Read Early

If only everyone who works with children could figure this out!

Laugh or cry? Somehow, I missed this one. One of the Common Core Validation Committee members defended her rubber-stamp yes vote on the standards with 4 sentences in the News and Observer. As...

from BuzzFeed Community

Community Post: 10 Reasons Common Core Is A Bad Idea

10 Reasons Common Core Is A Bad Idea

Pulling Back the Curtain on Common Core- Article co-written by Sandra Stotsky, who was on the Common Core Validation Committee. Includes some background into how the standards came to be. Much of it is sourced.


Dr. Thompson to USOE: Stop Lying to Legislators; UCLA Never Validated SAGE Test

Dr. Thompson to USOE: Stop Lying to Legislators; UCLA Never Validated SAGE Test

from Stop Common Core in Washington State

Dr. Megan Koschnick presents on the Developmentally Inappropriate Common Core–Video Released

Fact Sheet on Common Core ‘s Developers, Writers, Validation Committee, and Standards Posted on February 25, 2014 by Sandra Stotsky February 2014

So this was the “transparent, state-led” process that resulted in the Common Core standards. The standards were created by people who wanted a “Validation Committee” in name only. An invalid process, endorsed by an invalid Validation Committee, not surprisingly resulted in invalid standards. Now that the curtain is being pulled back on the real origins of Common Core, states would do well to reconsider their hasty decisions to adopt this pig in an academic poke.

How Obama's Student-Loan Policy Makes College Impossible to Afford And the Democratic solution is to double down on it.