Source
Administrator Magazine
Scholastic Administrator is a must-read resource for 240,000 of today's results-driven school leaders. Every issue features leadership for education executives, insight and analysis into what's next in education, and reporting on cutting-edge technologies in real life applications.

Core Withdrawal?

Some states seem to be reconsidering their Common Core commitments

Alabama’s move in February to withdraw from both of the groups designing assessments for the Common Core, PARCC and Smarter Balanced, raised red flags across the country. Alabama’s pullout echoed Utah’s, which withdrew from Smarter Balanced last year. And in Indiana, former education commissioner Tony Bennett was denied reelection last November, largely due to his support for the new Core standards.

Leaders on both sides of the issue expect that these cracks in state support for the  standards may grow.

“We will see more states reconsider their position to implement the Common Core, especially as the costs of adoption and the process of training teachers become clearer,” says Michael Horn, cofounder and executive director of Innosight Institute, a nonpartisan think tank. “The issue of online assessments might also cause some states to reconsider their position.”

In Alabama, pulling out of the national testing consortia doesn’t mean the state is abandoning the Common Core. The state’s department of education “has decided to go in another direction,” says Gloria Turner, director of assessments and accountability. “We are currently implementing the Alabama College- and Career-Ready Standards, which include the Common Core standards and  Alabama-specific standards.”

Horn expects we’ll see “a handful of states fully exit the Common Core in the months ahead for a variety of reasons, which may include anti-testing fears and a fear of nationalizing education.” Opponents of the standards have recently focused their lobbying and public relations efforts in Colorado, Idaho, and Indiana.

Full-scale adoption may not happen anytime soon, but advocates say that even partial adoption is movement in a positive direction.

“I think a splintering will occur, with multiple outcomes,” Horn says, “but most states will adopt the Core with traditional testing and follow the lead from the consortia of assessment designers. This would still be an improvement from where we’ve been.”

—Spring 2013—

  • Teacher Store
  • The Teacher Store  
    Common Core State Standards Pack Grade 6

    Common Core State Standards Pack Grade 6

    Support the national framework in education with high-quality children's literature and activities.

    Connect independent reading to the
    Common Core State Standards for ELA (K–8) with rich selections of fiction and nonfiction. Includes: 80 books (60 titles; 1 copy each; 4 titles; 5 copies each), Teaching Guide, bins, title list correlated to standards.

    See below for complete list of titles. Appropriate titles of equal value may be substituted if any of the listed titles are unavailable at shipping time.

    Title list:
    • Common Core State Standard Collection Guide
    • Amelia Earhart
    • American Tall Tales
    • Among the Hidden
    • Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller
    • Becoming Naomi León
    • Black Eagles
    • Black Star, Bright Dawn
    • Blizzard!
    • The Brain
    • The Circuit
    • City of Orphans
    • The Cod's Tale
    • Countdown
    • Crash
    • D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths
    • Diary of a Wimpy Kid
    • Dragonwings*
    • Eleven
    • The Emperor's Silent Army
    • Esperanza Rising
    • Everything Ancient Egypt
    • Everything Money
    • An Eye for Color
    • George vs. George*
    • The Girl Who Could Fly
    • The Golden Goblet
    • The Great Fire
    • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
    • Hydrofracking
    • Island of the Blue Dolphins
    • Johnny Tremain
    • Julie of the Wolves
    • Julius Caesar
    • Langston Hughes
    • The Lightning Thief*
    • The Lions of Little Rock
    • Moon Over Manifest
    • My Side of the Mountain
    • Mythlopedia: Oh My Gods!
    • No More Dead Dogs
    • Old Yeller
    • Our World of Mysteries
    • The Phantom Tollbooth, A Play in Two Acts
    • The Phantom Tollbooth
    • Portraits of African-American Heroes
    • Rascal
    • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry*
    • The Secret Agent
    • Seeing Earth From Space
    • Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time
    • Through My Eyes
    • True Stories of Amazing Courage
    • Two Miserable Presidents
    • Two Tickets to Freedom
    • Wacky Trees
    • The Westing Game
    • Where the Red Fern Grows
    • Who Wants Pizza?
    • Winslow Homer
    • The Wonder of Charlie Anne
    • World of Plants
    • A Wrinkle in Time
    • You Can Save the Planet





    * Titles may contain language or content considered inappropriate for younger readers.

    $439.00 You save: 32%
    Paperback Book Collection | Grade 6
    Add To Cart
    Educators Only
    Common Core State Standards Pack Grade 6
    Grade 6 $439.00
    Add To Cart
  • Teacher Store
  • The Teacher Store  
    Common Core State Standards Pack Grade 8

    Common Core State Standards Pack Grade 8

    Support the national framework in education with high-quality children's literature and activities.

    Connect independent reading to the
    Common Core State Standards for ELA (K–8) with rich selections of fiction and nonfiction. Includes: 80 books (60 titles; 1 copy each; 4 titles; 5 copies each), Teaching Guide, bins, title list correlated to standards.

    See below for complete list of titles. Appropriate titles of equal value may be substituted if any of the listed titles are unavailable at shipping time.

    Title list:
    • Common Core State Standard Collection Guide
    • 24/7: Population 1.3 Billion
    • Adolf Hitler
    • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
    • The Adventures of Ulysses
    • Alex Rider: Crocodile Tears
    • Ask Me No Questions*
    • Battle Heroes
    • The Best Poems Ever
    • Black Diamond
    • Bomb
    • Brian's Hunt*
    • Chasing Lincoln's Killer
    • Chu Ju's House
    • The City of Ember
    • City of Light, City of Dark
    • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth
    • Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe
    • The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming
    • The Dreamer
    • Ender's Shadow*
    • Fever 1793
    • Five Sci-Fi Thrillers
    • Fort Mose
    • Freedom Walkers
    • The Glass Menagerie
    • Guts
    • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
    • The Hunger Games*
    • Hunger Games: Catching Fire*
    • Internet Inventors
    • Joseph Stalin
    • Lincoln Through the Lens
    • A Long Way from Chicago
    • Martin Luther King Jr.
    • Moonbird
    • My Brother Sam Is Dead*
    • Mythlopedia: All in the Family
    • Mythlopedia: She’s All That!
    • Never Say Die
    • Not Your Parents' Money Book
    • Nothing But the Truth
    • The Notorious Benedict Arnold
    • Peak
    • Pemba's Song*
    • Percy Jackson: The Titan's Curse
    • Puppies, Dogs, and Blue Northers*
    • The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano
    • Scholastic Discover More™: The Elements
    • Six Days in October: The Stock Market Crash of 1929
    • Spies of Mississippi
    • Steampunk!
    • Taking Sides
    • Tales from Outer Suburbia
    • Ten Great Mysteries by Edgar Allan Poe
    • Touching Spirit Bear*
    • Truce
    • Up Before Daybreak
    • Walt Whitman
    • White Fang
    • William Shakespeare
    • The Witches
    • Woe Is I, Jr.
    • World War I
    • Years of Dust





    * Titles may contain language or content considered inappropriate for younger readers.

    $499.00 You save: 31%
    Paperback Book Collection | Grade 8
    Add To Cart
    Educators Only
    Common Core State Standards Pack Grade 8
    Grade 8 $499.00
    Add To Cart
Help | Privacy Policy
EMAIL THIS

* YOUR NAME

* YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS

* RECIPIENT'S EMAIL ADDRESS(ES)

(Separate multiple email addresses with commas)

Check this box to send yourself a copy of the email.

INCLUDE A PERSONAL MESSAGE (Optional)


Scholastic respects your privacy. We do not retain or distribute lists of email addresses.