It’s three days before midterm elections. Do you live in a yellow state or a green state? Excuse me, Mr. Week in Blogs, isn’t it “red state or blue state?” No, we’re talking about the cool color-coded map from the Alliance for Excellent Education, which shows those states that have adopted common core standards as part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative (nearly 80 percent or, for the record, green), those that are part of the CCSSI but haven’t yet adopted the standards (yellow), and those that are not part of the CCSSI (Alaska and Texas, and colored, more conventionally, red). Click on your state to see where it stands.
Speaking of standards, there’s been some disturbing research recently showing wide variance in the content standards of various states — indeed, it’s one reason for the CCSSI. Now a new study by the American Institutes for Research shows that not only is there wide variance in content standards but in performance standards as well. So much so, reports the HechingerEd Blog, that, to cite the extremes, “Tennessee’s eighth graders are expected to perform at the level of Massachusetts’ fourth graders.”
But can they beat Wales? Say what? Well, according to The Core Knowledge Blog, British school children are about as clueless when it comes to their nation’s history as . Americans? A story in the Daily Mail says many young Brits think that the Battle of Waterloo was fought in the London Rail Terminal and that the Spanish Armada is a tapas-style dish. Or, as Core Knowledge quipped: “Spanish Armada please, and a pitcher of Sangria.”
Lawrence Hardy, Senior Editor