Students Brace for ‘Smarter Balanced’ Computerized Tests

Students Brace for ‘Smarter Balanced’ Computerized Tests

India West, News Report, Lisa Tsering, Posted: Mar 27, 2015

Spring has arrived, and with it, the long-awaited Smarter Balanced Assessment, a high-tech testing system put in place in public schools as part of the Common Core State Standards. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson calls it a new era of public testing in California, and it will shake up the way students are tested each year.


Common Core: Teaching the Teachers


EPA Today, News Report, Henrietta Burroughs, Posted: Mar 06, 2015

Educational teaching methods are changing dramatically with the nationwide adoption of the Common Core Standards. But how are teachers being trained to use these standards in their classrooms? On this latest edition of Talking with Henrietta, the show's three guests share their experiences and their views on how teachers are being prepared and some of the challenges they face.


ESL Teachers Improvise Under Common Core


El Observador, News Report, Veronica Avendano, Posted: Mar 06, 2015

The sweeping changes in education under the new Common Core State Standards have yet to catch up with teaching materials for ESL instructors. That leaves educators with little choice but to spend extra time creating their own lesson plans, sometimes from scratch.


For Teachers, Common Core Presents Many Questions, Tough Answers


CaliToday, News Report, Giang Phan, Posted: Mar 03, 2015

Beginning this month, students around California will begin taking the official version of the new Common Core assessment. The test will be the first gauge of how well schools are implementing the new and more rigorous standards. And that has some teachers concerned.


Teacher Training Key to Delivering on Common Core


Noticias Univision 14, News Report, Melissa Hernandez, Posted: Mar 02, 2015

As Common Core implementation advances in public school across the Bay Area, much of the focus continues to be on helping students adjust. Teachers, however, also face challenges in this process and have been working together to come up with often innovative ways of effectively teaching the new standards. Teacher training has in fact become one of the most important aspects of successfully implementing the Common Core. (Spanish only)


Principals Become ‘Lead Learners’ Under Common Core


FilAm Star, News Report, Harvey Barkin, Posted: Mar 02, 2015

Cynthia Rapaido is the first Filipino-American Principal at South San Francisco High School and 2013 California Assistant Principal of the Year. Despite her tenured career, she said she froze while watching one of her teachers during a recent Common Core math class.


The Next Generation of Women in STEM


Long Beach VoiceWaves, Commentary, Karen Marin, Posted: Mar 01, 2015

High school junior Karen Marin writes that even as more of her female peers are pushing the career envelope, few are doing so in STEM fields.


An Edge for Indian Americans Under Common Core


India West, News Report, Lisa Tsering, Posted: Feb 27, 2015

Subathra Ramanathan teaches at North Star Academy in Redwood City and says Common Core allows high achieving students to "widen their repertoire of learning."


Myth That There are More Black Men in Prison Than College is Debunked


Louisiana Weekly, Editorial, Staff, Posted: Feb 18, 2015

Essentially, the number of Black males enrolled in college was undercounted, providing an inaccurate view of the state of Black males in the U.S.

Mexican Army to Guard Schools Threatened by Gangs


VOXXI, News Report, Posted: Jan 27, 2015

Three teachers were kidnapped, and others were forced to pay parts of their salaries to the crime gangs through extortion, teachers said.

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