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New on Taking Note: As Florida Goes...

Something’s significant seems to be happening in the complex world of public education. The Common Core testing has been the catalyst, but what’s now going on appears to be a much bigger deal....It’s time to answer the essential question: “If schools are not going to focus on test prep, what should they do instead?”

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New on Taking Note: The Opt-Out Opportunity

Does the opt-out movement have legs? Or could what some are calling a ‘revolution’ just be nothing more than normal growing pains for the Common Core State Standards? Whichever of those is accurate, it’s also a rare opportunity to rethink the wisdom of the strange path we are heading down.
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New on Taking Note: Teaming Up With Pearson

It hasn’t been officially announced yet, but I want my friends to know that I will be joining the Board of Directors of Pearson Education. This was not an easy decision, and I know that some of my friends, particularly those on the left, will be angry with me. I ask you to withhold your judgment until you have finished reading this.
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Airing TONIGHT on PBS NewsHour: The Opt Out Movement

This grassroots movement could put the Common Core in jeopardy.

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This month about 15 million students are scheduled to take the first round of the Common Core nationalized tests. Across the country - and political
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New on Taking Note: "The Moving Finger Writes..."

We lost a giant with the passing of Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, the former President of the University of Notre Dame, on Thursday, February 26.
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New on Taking Note: What A Difference A Dash Makes!

“Pro-Test” or “Protest”? The dash makes all the difference, making one word into two that, taken together, describe polar opposite worlds
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Airing TONIGHT on PBS NewsHour: Did Ohio's Guarantee Work?

Two years ago, Ohio passed its “Third Grade Reading Guarantee” - a bold plan that made students pass a grade-level reading test to advance to fourth grade. We reported on the Guarantee’s launch back then. Now, the results are in - did it work? You may be surprised.

Learn more: http://learningmatters.tv/blog/on-pbs-newshour/watch-did-ohios-guarantee-work/12794/

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One of the most powerful statistics in education is this: students who trail behind in reading at the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop
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New on Taking Note: What Can We Agree On, After Atlanta?

“Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold,” William Butler Yeats wrote in 1919 in ‘The Second Coming.’ Yeats was describing the world after the Great War, but it aptly describes American education today: polarized, shouting at, but rarely listening to, each other.

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New on Taking Note: Reporting About Reporting....

John Merrow responds to Alexander Russo's recent critique of his Opt-Out Movement reporting.

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New on Taking Note: Undercutting the Strengths of the Common Core State Standards

These particular standards encompass skills we want young people to develop: assimilating and analyzing information, speaking persuasively, and working effectively with others. However, these ‘soft skills’ are impossible to test for by means of either a computer-based exam or a paper-and-pencil, fill-in-the-bubbles standardized test.
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New on Taking Note:  The “Multiple Measures”© Game

Before you read further, please picture NEA President Lily Garcia, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, AFT President Randi Weingarten, and U.S Senator Lamar Alexander sitting around my kitchen table.
What are they doing? They are playing my new socially valuable parlor game, “Multiple Measures.”©
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Missed it on PBS NewsHour last night?

Watch our 2nd part of our report on McDowell County, WV - we follow school and community efforts to help grandparents and rural families with the unique challenges of raising children in the region.
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Primarily, we produce reports about education for PBS NewsHour. (You can find many of those videos at our YouTube Channel, as well.) Our founder and President, John Merrow, maintains a weekly blog, Taking Note. Teachers are invited to contribute to our Why I Teach blog. 

Currently, we are funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Grade-Level Reading Fund of the Tides Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Brin-Wojcicki Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.