01/14 - Decoding Common Core

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What do Louisiana educators, parents and students think about Common Core?
Louisiana is one of forty-five states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards for Math and Language Arts, the first-ever national academic standards. Supporters of the Common Core standards say they will increase rigor and help every student learn what they need to succeed. Critics say the standards are untested, being poorly implemented and lower expectations for students.

So, what do Louisiana educators, parents and students think about Common Core? Do the new guidelines encourage students to think and be more persuasive, or do they stifle educational innovation by removing local control? Louisiana Public Square explores the controversial academic standards on “Decoding Common Core” Wednesday, January 22, 2014 on LPB HD.

This program is made possible in part through funding from Education's Next Horizon and ExxonMobil Corporation.
1. How do you think Louisiana public schools compare to public schools in other states? Would you say Louisiana public schools are better, worse, or about the same as public schools in other states?
2. When it comes to current academic standards, do you think Louisiana public schools are too demanding, about right, or not demanding enough?
3. How familiar are you with the “Common Core” standards in English and Math recently adopted for all Louisiana public schools?
4. Based on what you do know, do you think Common Core standards are too demanding, about right, or not demanding enough?
5. Do you think private schools in Louisiana should also have to meet or exceed Common Core standards?
6. How confident are you that implementing Common Core standards in Louisiana public schools will make students more college or career ready upon graduation?
7. When it comes to the number of state tests currently taken by public school students, do you think there is too much testing, not enough testing, or the right amount of testing?
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