Common Core Aligned: Leap Frog

“…to create just these kinds of tests—next-generation assessments aligned to the common core. When the tests are aligned to the common standards, the curriculum will line up as well—and that will unleash powerful market forces in the service of better teaching.” – Bill Gates, 2009 Speech To Natl. Conference of State Legislatures Continue Reading

4th graders read about the Black Panthers

What did you read when you were in elementary school? An engaged parent’s radar went off after reading an email describing upcoming assignments, see 4th Grade Reading Topics. I promised to update you as I learned more and right out of the gate is a story of concern. Some 4th Graders Continue Reading


October 23, 2013 Mecklenburg County Republican Women’s Club, 11:30 AM @ Maggiano’s Restaurant in SouthPark Mall, Charlotte, NC Overview of Common Core Standards, where these standards are placed in our State Statute, and what this transformational shift means in our classrooms across the state. September 12, 2013 Cherokee & Clay Continue Reading

Why is NC still a member of SBAC?

Now that elections are over, I hope members of the General Assembly, Governor McCrory and the State Board of Education will take a close look at our membership in Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). Why is NC still a member of SBAC?  You don’t have to be a lawyer to Continue Reading