Common Core en Opposition to the Common Core Grows in Rhode Island </p><p><p>A trial run for the new standardized test known as the PARCC exam begins in Rhode Island next week. The test is slated to replace the annual NECAP in 2015, as public schools transition to a new set of standards called the Common Core.</p><p>A growing group of parents, teachers and others continue to raise questions about test and the Common Core. They are calling on Rhode Island lawmakers to stop the initiative in a movement that mirrors similar anti-Common Core efforts around the country.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:49:07 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 30813 at Opposition to the Common Core Grows in Rhode Island Explaining The Common Core Education Standards <p>Rhode Island lawmakers are slated to consider a bill Wednesday that takes on one of the&nbsp; most contentious issues in public education. The bill calls for a commission to study the Common Core Standards, a new set of national standards for K-12 classrooms.</p><p>Rhode Island teachers are already using the standards, and they will soon give students a new standardized test to go with them, but a growing number of critics charge the standards are stressing students out.</p><p></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:29:35 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 29681 at Explaining The Common Core Education Standards Hearing Slated for Opponents of Common Core <p>State lawmakers are scheduled to consider a bill that could have major consequences for classrooms across the state.</p><p>The bill, sponsored by East Providence Representative Gregg Amore, would halt the adoption of new standardized testing, known as PARCC, which is linked to the Common Core, a new set of national standards for public schools. The bill is scheduled for a committee hearing on Wednesday.</p><p>Rhode Island has begun adopting the standards, although opponents charge they are untested and require further study.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:42:16 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 29569 at Barrington School Board Backs Common Core, Critics Vow to Continue Fight <p>The Barrington School Committee has overwhelmingly passed a resolution supporting the Common Core standards, despite protests from some parents and teachers, who say the standards have serious flaws.</p><p></p><p>Pam Fuller, a Barrington resident whose husband is on the school committee, has been lobbying for a pause to consider concerns about the standards.</p><p></p><p>“This one cookie cutter fits everybody, I don’t think it meets the kids on the bottom and it certainly doesn’t meet the kids in the top,” Fuller said.</p><p></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:07:22 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 27801 at As RI Rolls Out Common Core, Are New Science Standards Next? <p>Rhode Island is one of 26 states that have promised to consider new science guidelines known as the <a href="" target="_blank">Next Generation Science Standards</a>. The standards were developed by the same organization that created the Common Core, a group of national standards many states including Rhode Island are now adopting for Math and English.</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 13:44:59 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 15399 at