John Merrow talks with 8th graders in NY about taking their first state test aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
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New tests are being developed to assess the new standards. Will these tests be able to measure reading critically, listening carefully and working collaboratively, in addition to math and English? What happens if they don’t?
The “Common Core” is a national experiment that could produce a sea change in education. In Part One of this two-part series, we look at how the new standards, which emphasize skills like reading critically, listening carefully and working collaboratively, are likely to change classrooms in 45 states and the District of Columbia.
John King talks about the Common Core State Standards, teaching to the test and why he believes the Tea Party, which opposes the Common Core, has it wrong.
As state chief of Indiana schools, Tony Bennett implemented an A-F grading system for schools - but when a donor's charter school was about to get a low grade, Bennett scrambled to figure out how to improve it. John Merrow appeared on MSNBC to discuss.