common core http://blog.wlrn.org en What We Learned From A Year Watching Schools Prepare For Florida's New Standards http://blog.wlrn.org/post/what-we-learned-year-watching-schools-prepare-floridas-new-standards <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the past year the Hechinger Report and StateImpact Florida</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;have taken you into two schools to hear what preparations for Florida’s new Common Core-based standards sound like. The standards outline what students should know in math and language arts. When classes start this fall every grade in every Florida public school will use them. But are schools ready?</span></p><p>Now, we share with you what we've learned along with the Hechinger Report's Jackie Mader.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:35:51 +0000 John O'Connor 35831 at http://blog.wlrn.org What We Learned From A Year Watching Schools Prepare For Florida's New Standards More Schools Earn Failing Grades As Florida Prepares For Common Core Switch http://blog.wlrn.org/post/more-schools-earn-failing-grades-florida-prepares-common-core-switch <div id="attachment_22381" class="wp-caption module image right" style="width: 277px;"><a class="fancybox" title="The Florida Department of Education has released 2014 school grades for Florida elementary and middle schools." href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2014/07/7-11-LetterA.jpg" rel=""><img class="size-medium wp-image-22381" alt="The Florida Department of Education has released 2014 school grades for Florida elementary and middle schools." src="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2014/07/7-11-LetterA-277x300.jpg" width="277" height="300" /></a> <p class="wp-media-credi Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:11:03 +0000 John O'Connor 35496 at http://blog.wlrn.org More Schools Earn Failing Grades As Florida Prepares For Common Core Switch The Sunshine Economy: Common Challenges, Changing Classrooms http://blog.wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-common-challenges-changing-classrooms <p></p><p>T<span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(26, 26, 26); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">he school year may be over, but the next chapter in public education begins in less than three months: Common Core State Standards. </span></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 15:18:39 +0000 Tom Hudson 33616 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Sunshine Economy: Common Challenges, Changing Classrooms Will New Florida Standards Leave Time For Creative Writing? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/will-new-florida-standards-leave-time-creative-writing <div class="module image alignright mceTemp" id="attachment_22111" style="width: 300px;"><a class="fancybox" title="Laurie Langford, a second grade teacher at West Defuniak Elementary, helps<p>two students look for evidence in a reading passage about public sector jobs." href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2014/05/5-26-LaurieLangford.jpg" rel=""><img class="size-medium wp-image-22111" alt="Laurie Langford, a second grade teacher at West Defuniak Elementary, helps two students look for evidence in a reading passage about public sector jobs." src="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/fi Tue, 27 May 2014 19:08:24 +0000 Jackie Mader 33009 at http://blog.wlrn.org Will New Florida Standards Leave Time For Creative Writing? Hackers Stole Employee Data From Florida's New Testing Company http://blog.wlrn.org/post/hackers-stole-employee-data-floridas-new-testing-company <div id="attachment_22090" class="wp-caption module image left" style="width: 300px;"><a class="fancybox" title="Hackers stole unencrypted Social Security numbers and credit card info for current and former American Institutes of Research employees." href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2014/05/5-21-HackerSign.jpg" rel=""><img class="size-medium wp-image-22090" alt="Hackers stole unencrypted Social Security numbers and credit card info for current and former American Institutes of Research employees." src="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2014/05/5-21-HackerSign-300x200.jpg" Wed, 21 May 2014 18:56:37 +0000 John O'Connor 32718 at http://blog.wlrn.org Hackers Stole Employee Data From Florida's New Testing Company What Common Core Will Mean For Florida's Science, Social Studies And Other Courses http://blog.wlrn.org/post/what-common-core-will-mean-floridas-science-social-studies-and-other-courses <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);"><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">This story is part of a series from&nbsp;<a href="http://hechingerreport.org/" style="color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold;">The Heching Mon, 19 May 2014 13:41:09 +0000 John O'Connor 32558 at http://blog.wlrn.org What Common Core Will Mean For Florida's Science, Social Studies And Other Courses How Schools Are Deciding Whether To Purchase New Common Core Materials http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-schools-are-deciding-whether-purchase-new-common-core-materials <div id="attachment_15358" class="wp-caption module image left" style="width: 299px;"><a class="fancybox" title="Education Week takes a look at how Orange County and Long Beach, Calif. schools made a big curriculum decision." href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2012/12/textbooks-by-textbookace.jpg" rel=""><img class="size-full wp-image-15358" alt="Education Week takes a look at how Orange County and Long Beach, Calif. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:14:33 +0000 John O'Connor 31318 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida Watches New York Parents Organize Against Common Core Tests http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-watches-new-york-parents-organize-against-common-core-tests <p style="font-size: 14.44444465637207px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 23.33333396911621px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 14.44444465637207px;">The&nbsp;</span><a data-mce-="" href="http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/04/04/parents-teachers-rally-against-common-core-tests-in-brooklyn/" style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 14.44444465637207px; line-height: 1.5; color Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:02:34 +0000 John O'Connor 30385 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida Watches New York Parents Organize Against Common Core Tests Why Police Support Common Core Standards In Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-police-support-common-core-standards-florida <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">National anti-crime group Fight Crime: Invest in Kids </span><a href="http://www.fightcrime.org/wp-content/uploads/FCIK-FL-Common-Core1.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">released a position paper</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;last week in favor of Florida’s new standards for English language arts and math. The group argues assessments and higher standards can prevent crime.</span></p><p>Here’s the paper’s summary of the connection:</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:46:28 +0000 Sammy Mack 30195 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why Police Support Common Core Standards In Florida Three Education Questions For Senate President Don Gaetz http://blog.wlrn.org/post/three-education-questions-senate-president-don-gaetz <p></p><p>Florida’s move toward <a href="http://www.corestandards.org/" target="_blank">Common Core standards in schools</a> is sure to be discussed during the upcoming legislative session.</p><p>Lawmakers will also consider allowing <a href="https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/0428" target="_blank">undocumented college students to pay cheaper, in-state tuition</a>. Plus, state universities that improve their graduation rates may be able to boost their funding.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 15:59:48 +0000 Gina Jordan 28018 at http://blog.wlrn.org Three Education Questions For Senate President Don Gaetz Core Questions: How Does Common Core Address Poverty? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/core-questions-how-does-common-core-address-poverty <div id="full_story"> <div id="attachment_21374" class="wp-caption module image right" style="width: 400px;"><a class="fancybox" title="Experts say they've seen a positive effect in school using Common Core standards. But critics believe the standards are a distraction from the real issues with schools." href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2014/02/2-10-MathLesson.jpg" rel=""><img class="size-full wp-image-21374" alt="Experts say they've seen a positive effect in school using Common Core standards. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 00:48:31 +0000 John O'Connor 27731 at http://blog.wlrn.org Core Questions: How Does Common Core Address Poverty? What’s Florida’s Education Plan? Lawmakers Expect Details This Week http://blog.wlrn.org/post/what-s-florida-s-education-plan-lawmakers-expect-details-week <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">The chairman of the Senate education committee is asking the Florida Department of Education to have its plans for new standards and assessments ready when commissioner Pam Stewart speaks at a meeting next week.</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 23:04:54 +0000 John O'Connor 25934 at http://blog.wlrn.org What’s Florida’s Education Plan? Lawmakers Expect Details This Week The Year Ahead For South Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/year-ahead-south-florida <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(20, 20, 20); font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">2014 is a big election year for the Sunshine State. &nbsp;The governor’s race is expected to be a very expensive one. Jobs and the economy will be key issues. &nbsp;And in the statehouse, medical marijuana, the cost of hurricane insurance, and water quality all are on the legislative agenda.</span></p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 16:00:36 +0000 Elaine Chen 25949 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Year Ahead For South Florida Background of Common Core State Education Standards http://blog.wlrn.org/post/background-common-core-state-education-standards <div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"></div><div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">12/02/13 - Monday’s&nbsp;</span></font><a href="https://www.facebook.com/TopicalCurrents"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><b>Topical Currents</b></span></font></a Mon, 02 Dec 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 24392 at http://blog.wlrn.org Background of Common Core State Education Standards WLRN's Most Popular Stories For Nov. 25-29 http://blog.wlrn.org/post/wlrns-most-popular-stories-nov-25-29 <p>Our holiday spirit showed last week, when we ran stories of name-your-price puppies at the shelter, the allure of Miami's old Jewish delis and speculations about the future of our local book industry. But here's what you liked best:</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 17:39:42 +0000 Maria Murriel 24492 at http://blog.wlrn.org WLRN's Most Popular Stories For Nov. 25-29