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Play Button  Decoding Common Core - Full Program
Play Button  Extra - Why Common Core is needed - ExxonMobil Foundation Director Pat McCarthy explains why the chemical company is supporting the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
Play Button  Extra - Current Standards - Phillip Rozeman, M.D. with Blueprint Louisiana describes the shortcomings of the state’s current academic standards.
Play Button  Extra - Testing Concerns - Louisiana School Boards Association Director Scott Richard voices his group’s concerns with the Common Core testing.
Play Button  Extra - National Assessment is misnomer - Scott Richard, director of the Louisiana School Boards Association, says that the Common Core test does not gauge national student achievement.
Play Button  Extra - Standards not realistic - Language Arts professor Mercedes Schneider, Ph.D. says that Common Core makes unrealistic demands on her students.
Play Button  Extra - Standards not piloted - Language Arts professor Mercedes Schneider, Ph.D. has concerns that the Common Core Standards have not been piloted.
Play Button  Extra - Common Core and Math - Keisha Fleming, fifth grade mathematics teacher, touches on how Common Core changes how she teaches.
Play Button  Extra - La. vs. USA - Council for A Better Louisiana president, Barry Erwin explains how academic standards in Louisiana compare to the academic standards of the nation.
Play Button  Extra - Yes, it is more rigorous - Barry Erwin with the Council for A Better Louisiana addresses concerns of Common Core opponents that the standards are too rigorous.
Play Button  Extra - Race to the Top Connection - Barry Erwin with the Council for A Better Louisiana explains the connection that the Common

01/14 - Decoding Common Core

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, at 7 PM on LPB HD.

This program is made possible in part through funding from Education's Next Horizon.

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Resources about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

Common Core State Standards – Overview provided by the National Governors’ Association, a leader of the CCSS Initiative

Math Common Core Standards – Detailed description of standards

English Language Arts Common Core Standards – Detailed description of standards

Resources for Parents on Common Core – From National PTA

Resources for teachers about Common Core – provided by the La. Department of Education

Teacher Support Toolbox by grade level – provided by the La. Department of Education

Achieve the Core – Free online Common Core teacher/school district resources

Common Core Videos – Demonstrations of CCSS lesions from the Teaching Channel

We want to know your opinion! Leave your comments in the box below.

When will LPB stop putting pretend “teachers” on the panel? Let’s hear from an actual public school teacher who has taught enough years to know what teaching really is about! Not someone who has taught only two or three years passing through on the way to something that pays better, (TFA). And how about a real public school students to ask real questions. Not those hand picked private or charter school students who serve on some legislative committee. When will LPB stop pretending to have a fair and balanced discussion. Could it be they are afraid of Gov. Jindal cutting their funding. These panels are always stacked for Jindal’s agenda to dismantle public education. The only people who really know anything about CCSS are the real public school teachers who are actually trying to teach these untested standards with no resources. Only 2000 teachers actually received a few days of training. What a joke. Anyone wonder why business leaders and governors were involved in creating these, but actual education leaders were left out until the end. Seems like things have gone downhill since No Child Left Behind and they refuse to admit it has been a failure. It’s time for us to stop this obsession with standardized tests and Standardized curriculums that are destroying education and making testing companies rich. Education needs to be put in the hands of the actual educators and educational experts, not greedy businesses who only look for ways to make more profits. Do we really believe corporations want what is best for our children?

Posted by Bridget  on  01/26  at  04:25 PM

common core is for people who have no information and are willing to see the childern in the top level to be bored. a stright a child in the forth grade go to a b in reading because you read one page and then stop for the day to discuss it. this child has been reading before pre k. the teacher tells her that she daydreams to much. this is common core. we will heart more children than we help. all people are not the same. we need some thing that helps all children. thanks

Posted by Pat Elliot  on  01/27  at  09:46 AM

I am posting my view about common core in hopes that our state of Louisiana opts out. Our system needs to improve but this is not the answer. I am a parent of two young children and it breaks my heart to watch them as they struggle with math concepts that are too abstract for their age. I have deep concerns about those who have pushed this through without any field testing. My goodness, we as a country test and approve everything except what we hold most dear to us which is our children. I hope our politicians will do the right thing and opt out of this terrible thing before it is too late.

Posted by Lori Schwartz  on  01/27  at  10:49 AM

Dear Mrs. Courtney, Thank you so very much for presenting the Decoding Common Core on the Louisiana Public Square. I was pleased with the questions, some of the answers and the guidance you provided for the show. Based on Louisiana’s good fortune to have acquired $60 billion investments from around the world, we should all see the need to make our educational facilities the best we can. To have two businessmen to reaffirm the need for prepared students for the work force, young adults in the audience who also saw the need, and a very enthusiastic teacher to gently persuade us to see and accept the validity of the Common Core system was wonderful. I was so disappointed in the “old school” approach by those who wanted to blame the government or the lack of instructions for the teachers. But, I look forward to seeing more programs like this to quietly inform and assuage the fears of parents. Thank you for a very informative and needed show. Gayle McInnis

Posted by Gayle McInnis  on  01/27  at  10:51 AM

My ability to trust and respect LBP ended once I was made aware that Exxon paid for the production of this program and had one of their executives on the panel.  That alone makes any attempt you make at telling a balanced story questionable. 

The TFA teacher that spoke on the talking points also served to muddy up already murky waters. 
LPB is a public station; you screwed the public with this one.  There was nothing balanced, nothing learned.  Let me guess , you now, like mainstream media can be bought?
and one more thing.  The Black background, with white text is very old school. Drop it.  If you want to play with the big boys, then at the very least copy them.  None of the main stream media presents their text in white over black.  It’s moronic and hurtful to the eyes.

Posted by MH  on  01/27  at  09:31 PM

Maybe This engineer can help EXXON/MOBIL to avoid a catastrophe:


Posted by Debbie Sachs  on  01/29  at  01:50 AM

Thanks for all of your comments about this month’s program, “Decoding Common Core.” While we made every effort to include as many points of view as possible about this topic through the interviews, panel and audience, we welcome viewer comments that highlight areas you feel were overlooked.  Just to clarify, the sponsor for this month’s show was “Education’s Next Horizon.” They received a grant from ExxonMobil. As with any underwriting, LPB still retains complete editorial control of content.
Thanks again for your feedback and your interest in “Louisiana Public Square.”

Posted by Louisiana Public Square  on  01/31  at  02:54 PM

Last nights discussion on common core was biased an unethical. Same old same old, talking points that can be proved but the bias moderators, education department, or business people won’t listen. Parents, grandparents, teachers all know the facts. The liberals and the left are set on federalized, secular education for the whole country. As good teachers quit, common core takes over, the English and Math standards are implemented, we can watch for Louisiana education to decline even further. Who cares. Those in the TV industry don’t have to teach 30 different children, each hour all day and then be blamed when they don’t learn.

Posted by L Broussard  on  01/31  at  03:54 PM

Let’s be honest and accurate about who wrote CCSS.  And consider that 25 people completed that process part time in little over six months from the panel’s formation .  That panel did not even sit down in one location to do that work. 

Who wrote Common Core?

The standards were drafted largely behind closed doors by academics and assessment “experts,” many with ties to testing companies. Education Week blogger and science teacher Anthony Cody found that, of the 25 individuals in the work groups charged with drafting the standards, six were associated with the test makers from the College Board, five with the test publishers at ACT, and four with Achieve. Zero teachers were in the work groups. The feedback groups had 35 participants, almost all of whom were university professors. Cody found one classroom teacher involved in the entire process.According to early childhood expert Nancy Carlsson-Paige: “In all, there were 135 people on the review panels for the Common Core. Not a single one of them was a K–3 classroom teacher or early childhood professional.” Parents were entirely missing. K–12 educators were mostly brought in after the fact to tweak and endorse the standards—and lend legitimacy to the results.

Writing CCSS and early childhood:

“If a child struggles to clear the high bar at five feet, she will not become a “world class” jumper because someone raised the bar to six feet and yelled “jump higher,” or if her “poor” performance is used to punish her coach.” - - CommonSense

“I believe in standardizing automobiles. I do not believe in standardizing human beings. Standardization is a great peril which threatens American culture.”—— Albert Einstein

Posted by Lee Barrios, M.Ed., NBCT  on  02/02  at  11:55 AM

I am angry with some of the Common Core State Standards Initiative and I will be watching your broadcast quite closely as well. Please publish more. Thanks.

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