So, who wants to talk about Common Core, upon which is built our new regime of standardized testing? I’m very interested in reporting/exploring over time how it is unfolding and working — for teacher and students and parents, too.


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As I reported earlier this month on the release of the first Smarter Balanced test scores, I heard from a number of educators that they liked the CC curriculum, that it allowed them to teach smarter and with an emphasis on more thoughtful learning that would pay longer dividends for students. But I also know — mostly from my reading, at this point — that many others (including other educators) don’t like it all. Really don’t like it.

So let me know what you think and know — particularly what you know — and deliver me examples of where and how to explore this issue in the North Bay.

I’d also be really interested in hearing from elementary math teachers in Sonoma County who do and don’t like/believe in the Common Core and want to show and explain to me why. I’m toying with the idea of doing a side-by-side comparison.

Reach me at or call me at 707-521-5212

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