Common Core en Common Core Literary Standards Require Close Reading Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Many of the nation's public schools have been implementing new standards for literacy and math that are called the Common Core. Right now, big new standardized tests intended to make sure kids meet these standards are themselves being tested out in many states. In just a minute, one of our reporters takes a practice exam, but first the Common Core literacy standards. They're all about tackling tough reading, making sure kids are able to form ideas about what they read and to support those ideas in writing with evidence. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:10:00 +0000 editor 24928 at An Education Reporter Puts Himself To The (Standardized) Test What are the two most feared — most reviled — words in the English language?<p>"Tax day," maybe? Or "traffic jam"?<p>"Pink slip" still connotes an awful brand of helplessness, even though, I assume, most Americans who get pink-slipped these days never see a pink slip.<p>No, my vote is for "standardized test."<p>That's right. You felt it, didn't you? Shivers up the spine. The stab of a No. 2 pencil. And oh! Those monstrous, monotonous bubbles. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:34:00 +0000 editor 24926 at An Education Reporter Puts Himself To The (Standardized) Test Insight: Why Does Everyone in Louisiana Seem to be Up in Arms Over Common Core? <div>On Wednesday, Louisiana’s capitol building was full to the gills with people representing all sides of the debate over the Common Core state standards.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Associated Press Capitol Correspondent Melinda </span>Deslatte<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> helps explain all the hubbub.</span></div><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 20px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">&nbsp;</p><div>&nbsp;</div><div> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:14:24 +0000 Amy Jeffries & Melinda Deslatte 24721 at Student Data: Private Property or Shared Resource? <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Louisiana parents gave the House and Senate education committees an earful last week.</p><p>“There seems to be no effective safeguard in law to protect our children’s information from the whim and will of BESE and LDE,” said Sara Wood of Mandeville.</p><p>She was talking about data privacy. Seven bills have been filed this session, each trying to prohibit how much individual information about Louisiana students is shared—and with whom. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 24076 at Student Data: Private Property or Shared Resource? Parents Mobilizing Over Common Core <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Whether you love it--like Vera Collins of Jefferson Parish, who says, “Louisiana’s Common Core State Standards is vital to making the dream a reality”—or hate it, like Ralph Roshto of Lacombe, who says, “Supporting Common Core is like a chicken supporting Colonel Sanders,”—Common Core is driving parents to the state capitol in droves.</p><p>But just what is this education issue that’s polarizing Louisiana moms and dads? Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 24056 at Parents Mobilizing Over Common Core Q&A: A Crash Course On Common Core Confused about the Common Core State Standards? Join the club. That's not to say the new benchmarks in reading and math are good or bad, working smoothly or kicking up sparks as the wheels come off. It is simply an acknowledgement that, when the vast majority of U.S. states adopt a single set of educational standards all at roughly the same time, a little confusion is inevitable.<p>Below is a handy FAQ about Common Core. We'll continue answering your questions in the coming months. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 21:00:00 +0000 NPR Staff 23945 at Q&A: A Crash Course On Common Core Education Committee Talks "Empowerment" <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The word of the day in the Senate Education Committee Wednesday was “empowerment”, with bills giving more authority to school principals and local districts moving forward.</p><p>The “Empowered Community Schools” bill, SB 385, by Sen. Eric LaFleur (D-Ville Platte) would allow principals rated “highly effective” to basically declare themselves in charge — of hiring and firing and over school service and repair contracts. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 23686 at Education Committee Talks "Empowerment" Political Rivals Find Common Ground Over Common Core Supporters of the new Common Core <a href="">education standards</a> adopted by 45 states say the standards hold American students to much higher expectations, and move curriculum away from a bubble-test culture that encourages test preparation over deeper learning.<p>But there's growing backlash to <a href="">Common Core</a>, and conservatives and liberals increasingly are voicing similar concerns: t Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:58:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 21819 at Political Rivals Find Common Ground Over Common Core THURSDAY: Former Congressman Charlie Melancon, Louisiana Stand for Children <p></p><p></p><p>Jim talks with former Louisiana Congressman Charlie Melancon, who lost a challenge for David Vitter&#39;s U.S. Senate seat in 2010. Melancon discusses the federal government shutdown, the debt ceiling crisis and partisan gridlock in Washington DC</p><p>Jim discusses the virtues and flaws of the new Common Core State Standard learning benchmarks for kids in public schools with representatives of Stand For Children Louisiana.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 16:36:08 +0000 Jim Engster 17239 at THURSDAY: Former Congressman Charlie Melancon, Louisiana Stand for Children State, Federal Education Philosophies Mismatch <p>Opposing opinions surfaced from state education leaders this week on whether the state should move forward on implementing national education standards called Common Core.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;The ongoing struggle to fund higher education continued at</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;a meeting of higher</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>education<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;officials Wednesday.</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 16688 at