Education officials have pitched Common Core State Standards as more rigorous than the old ones. English-learners already struggled under the old standards, so there’s reason to worry the new standards will be out of reach. The new standards mean English-learners will be forced to talk more in class. That poses a new opportunity, and a new challenge.
Many parents are surprised to learn their kids are already behind when they enter kindergarten, and new Common Core standards are only adding to the anxiety. But officials say thinking about Common Core simply as a set of expectations helps take the sting away. Here’s how Common Core works for kindergartners, and how parents can help prepare their children to step into the classroom.
Trish Boyd Williams from the California State Board of Education joins the podcast to talk about Common Core and how it shifts things from less memorization of isolated facts to more focus on bigger ideas.
San Diego Unified has its hands full helping students adjust to new graduation requirements as well as a spate of other new systems: On top of the new A-G requirements, students are working with new Common Core curriculum and tests. A new SAT test is looming, too.
Scott Lewis explores the local education landscape with special co-host Laura Kohn, CEO of the Education Synergy Alliance, and guest Francisco Escobedo, superintendent of Chula Vista Elementary School District.
In this week’s San Diego Explained, NBC 7’s Catherine Garcia talks with Voice of San Diego’s Scott Lewis about the new test tied to Common Core State Standards and the same old problems it’s uncovered.
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More students are failing high school math classes under the new system than were last year, according to grades from the fall semester, the first data available that provides a peek at student achievement since Common Core has been introduced in San Diego schools.
If parents want a simple, clear-cut way of seeing how San Diego schools stack up, they’re going to have to wait. The State Board of Education voted this week to suspend the state’s API system for a second straight year.
The new year presents a test for the district to respond to the needs of English learners, a new approach to school discipline, Common Core and more.