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Pearson Is Everywhere: Over 175k Opt Out of Pearson PARCC in NY

Welcome back to another installment of Pearson Is Everywhere!

Last time, we looked at Pearson getting dumped by LAUSD in California.

Today, we get a look at the over 175,000 students who opted out of the Common Core PARCC test, which is created and written by Pearson.

Not only did droves of students opt out, there are reports of horrifyingly bad test questions.

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The Common Core Weekend Reads – 4-19-15

These are the Common Core Weekend Reads for April 19, 2015.

This is a review of the past week of news on Common Core nationwide and in North Carolina.

Articles are organized by category.

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#MoralMonday Coming to New Mexico

The American Federation of Teachers of New Mexico (AFT-NM) and the National Education Association of New Mexico (NEA-NM) have announced the ‘United Voices for our Students rally’ in Santa Fe on February 16th as part of a Moral Monday March.

Both organizations have expressed stern opposition to the new teacher evaluations and high stakes testing of students that feed into the evaluations. The AFT-NM and NEA-NM have both filed petitions and lawsuits against the reforms.

There is common ground with these two groups that anti-common core advocates have already embraced. The OPT-OUT movement which, opposes high stakes testing, is spreading across the U.S. at a very fast pace. Coalitions of parents, educators, teacher unions and medical professionals, regardless of political party, have joined the fight to eliminate the K-12 high stakes testing.

However, it is the Moral Monday banner this rally is flying under that could derail and muddy the issue in New Mexico.

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NC Governor’s Video Has Your Spit-take Of The Week

Governor McCrory is clearly getting on the campaign horse as evidenced by this touchy-feely video on education. Near the end of the video, McCrory makes the following statement:

“The biggest piece of feedback that I hear from teachers is, ‘they’re not letting us teach anymore. We’re just giving tests.’. We’re gonna.. we’re gonna end this duplication of testing. Which neither helps the students nor allows the teacher to teach.”

Yeah.. right.

The Opt Out or iRefuse movement is starting in North Carolina. To me, this seems like a move to get out in front of the protests and make it look like a parade instead.

Parents, check out the testing calendar for North Carolina.
I live in Wake County, so here is that calendar. Mind you, I’ve already written about the 95 some-odd assessments and tests given to third graders in our county. See the bottom half of this article for more on those 95 assessments.

So, if testing is allegedly going to be whittled down, then why is North Carolina still a member of the Common Core high stakes testing consortium known as the SBAC?

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Opting Out Of Tests In North Carolina

Opting out of high stakes testing has begun sweeping through the states. More and more parents are choosing to have their child refuse the tests. This movement has started to hit North Carolina. [Related: Testing Opt Out Movement Comes To NC]

The number of questions I get from parents about opting out of testing in North Carolina has exponentially been increasing over the last few months. It’s time to do a run-down of what parents in North Carolina can do about the tests in our state.

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#DM7 Article: Back To School – At Home and Opting Out

This is a reposting of my DaTechGuy article: Back To School – At Home and Opting Out

By A.P. Dillon

Millions of kids head back to school soon. Many have already begun the new school year. In many state, that means heading back to more Common Core. That is the case in North Carolina for the time being until the state’s standards replacement commission can get to work. Continue reading

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