Common Core http://wwno.org en Insight: Common Core Dispute Probes Policymaking Through Procurement http://wwno.org/post/insight-common-core-dispute-probes-policymaking-through-procurement Competing lawsuits were filed over the Common Core state standards in Louisiana this week, and specifically over the contracts for testing related to those standards.<p>Melinda Deslatte, capitol correspondent for the Associated Press, has been following the back and forth.<p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/07/072514_Insight_Melinda_1.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:56:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 65278 at http://wwno.org The Politics Of The Common Core http://wwno.org/post/politics-common-core Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday that he wants to cut ties with the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/05/27/307755798/the-common-core-faq">Common Core State Standards</a>, the benchmarks in reading and math that he helped bring to the state four years ago, and replace them with new, Louisiana-specific standards.<p>"We won't let the federal government take over Louisiana's education standards," Jindal said in a statement. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:32:56 +0000 Juana Summers 64892 at http://wwno.org Insight: With Executive Order Over Common Core, Jindal Upends Testing Plans http://wwno.org/post/insight-executive-order-over-common-core-jindal-upends-testing-plans Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order last week canceling the testing contract that was meant to implement learning benchmarks once adopted by Louisiana and 44 other states.<p>And that has Jindal squaring off against the state superintendent and the president of the BESE board he hand-picked to push through major state education reforms in recent years. &#160;<p>Melinda Deslatte, the Associated Press state capitol correspondent, discusses the clash.<a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/07/062714_Melinda_Insight.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:12:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 63413 at http://wwno.org Jindal Moves to Withdraw Louisiana from Common Core http://wwno.org/post/jindal-moves-withdraw-louisiana-common-core <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="Jindal addresses the press on Wednesday" data-attribution="Credit Ann Marie Awad / WRKF News" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrkf/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201406/jindal_%281_of_1%29.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Bobby </span>Jindal<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> announced Wednesday his intent to withdraw the state from the Common Core Educational Standards. &#160;</span><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/07/061814_Jindal_Moves_to_Withdraw_from_PARCC_AAWrap.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:10:00 +0000 Ann Marie Awad 62855 at http://wwno.org What Students Think About Common Core http://wwno.org/post/what-students-think-about-common-core-0 This school year, teachers around the country changed their curricula to meet the new Common Core standards, a national set of standards mapping out what students should learn in math and English language arts.<p>Math teachers covered fewer topics in greater depth. English teachers cut back on fiction and assigned more supplemental readings — articles and essays that gave more context to, and offered up opinions about, classic works of literature.<p>Did students notice these changes? Is the Common Core on students’ radar? Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Mallory Falk 62287 at http://wwno.org Common Core Debate Heads to Governor Jindal http://wwno.org/post/common-core-debate-heads-governor-jindal <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; line-height: 15px;">With lawmakers refusing to scrap the Common Core, the fight over Louisiana's use of the education standards is shifting to Gov. Bobby Jindal.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; line-height: 15px;">Opponents of the standards are pressuring Jindal to take some sort of executive action to remove the state from the Common Core and its standardized testing.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 12:46:52 +0000 Associated Press 61928 at http://wwno.org Communism and Crawfishing on Common Core http://wwno.org/post/communism-and-crawfishing-common-core <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper left" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrkf/files/styles/card_280/public/201405/Crawfish-Fighting.jpg" alt="" /><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/05/Capitol_Access_052314.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>“I’m not a communist.”<p>But Senator Conrad Appel isn’t a happy camper, either. He took to the floor of the Senate Thursday to deliver a tirade directed toward Governor Bobby Jindal.<p>“You can call me a communist. You can call me a socialist fascist—that’s a good one,” Appel declared forcefully. “Anything you want to call me? Do it!”<p> Fri, 23 May 2014 08:02:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 61216 at http://wwno.org Insight: Why Does Everyone in Louisiana Seem to be Up in Arms Over Common Core? http://wwno.org/post/insight-why-does-everyone-louisiana-seem-be-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>&#160;</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;">&#160;<a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/04/040414_MelindaInsight_AJ2way.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><div>&#160;</div><div> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:21:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 57742 at http://wwno.org Contending Over Common Core http://wwno.org/post/contending-over-common-core <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper left" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrkf/files/styles/card_280/public/201404/capitol_at_night.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/04/Capitol_Access_040314.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>House Education Committee members worked into the night Wednesday, taking testimony on bills that would halt or slow implementation of Common Core state standards and the accompanying standardized tests.<p>Louisiana is one of 45 states, plus the District of Columbia, that signed onto Common Core. The state is also one of 17 in a consortium using the PARCC tests to evaluate student progress on the new standards. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 08:01:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 57643 at http://wwno.org Parents Mobilizing Over Common Core http://wwno.org/post/parents-mobilizing-over-common-core <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/03/CapitolAccess_032114.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Bill Feig / The Advocate" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrkf/files/styles/card_280/public/201403/CCSS_0.jpg" alt="" /><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>But just what is this education issue that’s polarizing Louisiana moms and dads? Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:02:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 56678 at http://wwno.org