Department of Education http://wrvo.org en Why Common Core? The controversy over standardized tests http://wrvo.org/post/why-common-core-controversy-over-standardized-tests <p></p><p>A major part of Common Core learning standards is a standardized testing system. A system that many have taken issue with.</p><p>“I’m all for setting the bar high, but you are setting the bar so high that you are going to defeat a group of people and they’re going to drop out of school,” said parent Lisa Arnone. “As a middle school teacher I already hear them talking. They say ‘they’ll never pass those tests and they’re done.’ And that will be a shame that they will be defeated by these tests.”</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 10:46:00 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 53233 at http://wrvo.org Why Common Core? The controversy over standardized tests Why Common Core? Expectations for students, teachers http://wrvo.org/post/why-common-core-expectations-students-teachers <p></p><p>In classrooms across New York, students are being taught under the Common Core learning standards, requirements that specify what students should know in English Language Arts and math based on grade level.</p><p>Students are expected to read and more thoroughly analyze nonfiction text as part of the English requirement. In math, students must have a deeper understanding of concepts and memorize certain formulas.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:44:15 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 53229 at http://wrvo.org Why Common Core? Expectations for students, teachers Students remain unprepared even though graduation rates are on the rise http://wrvo.org/post/students-remain-unprepared-even-though-graduation-rates-are-rise <p>New York state&#39;s overall high school graduation rate continues to rise slowly over time. But one-quarter of students statewide don&rsquo;t graduate high school after four years. These statistics are according to the New York State Education Department&rsquo;s release of high school graduation rates for 2011.</p><p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 18:50:33 +0000 Catherine Loper 20748 at http://wrvo.org Students remain unprepared even though graduation rates are on the rise