Matching the Common Core to the Right Curriculum and Assessment

Cross-posted from Education Week

Editor’s Note: For fair use, this blog post has been updated to provide an excerpt of a story that appeared in The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal rather than the full text of the story.  The full text of the story is available through the link included below.

Three years ago, my organization, the National Center on Education and the Economy began a high school reform program called Excellence for All.  The newspaper story below describes a visit by the head of assessment at the University of Cambridge Assessment to one of our pilot schools in Mississippi.  The curriculum and assessments used in this school, which are closely aligned to the Common Core, are supplied by Cambridge.  The story appeared in The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

CORINTH – Teaching is more difficult this year, said Corinth’s Ben Knight.

It also is more fun, said the eighth-grade English educator.

This is Knight’s first semester teaching in Corinth, which is in its third year of the national Excellence for All program. Participating schools in four states use a more demanding, rigorous curriculum that encourages critical-thinking, discussion and writing. Students often work in teams and justify answers. They also must pass exhaustive board examinations at the end of courses.

Read the full story here: http://djournal.com/news/corinth-program-parallels-common-core/.