What Is And What Isn’t

WXXI will host, “Common Core: A Forum on Education Reform in New York State” on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at WXXI Studios from 8:00pm – 9:30pm.

Education Commissioner King will participate in a live forum to discuss Common Core Standards. The forum will broadcast live at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV and AM 1370, and stream online at WXXI.org/commoncore. Dr. King, along with members of the New York State Board of Regents, will answer questions from a studio audience. After the broadcast, an additional half-hour of discussion will be webcast on WXXI.org/commoncore until 9:30 p.m.”

“Individuals interested in attending the forum can register online to enter a lottery for available seating. CLICK HERE FOR THE REGISTRATION FORM.

It is suggested that before attending any of these forums participants read the “Key Design Considerations” section of the standards.

This section states:
The Standards define what all students are expected to know and be able to do, not how teachers should teach. . .

While the Standards focus on what is most essential, they do not describe all that can or should be taught. . .

The Standards do not define the nature of advanced work for students who meet the Standards prior to the end of high school. . .

The Standards set grade-specific standards but do not define the intervention methods or materials necessary to support students who are well below or well above grade-level expectations. . .

It is also beyond the scope of the Standards to define the full range of supports appropriate for English language learners and for students with special needs.

It is important to understand that the management of the district in meeting the educational needs of our children is entirely up to the leaders we elected and the people they appoint to leadership positions.

Last night Superintendent Vargas publicly admitted “the district is having difficulty managing so many low-performing schools at one time. . . College leadership would have all of the supervision powers of the superintendent. . .”

Changing the system of education so that it focuses on the gifts and talents of all children is our only chance to successfully educate our children.

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