This academic year marks a critical juncture for the Common Core, as most states gear up to assess students on the shared standards for the first time. Are states, districts, and schools ready? What about states that are reviewing or have rescinded the standards? How can reporters make sense of it all? There’s no shortage of compelling angles to pursue in this complex and fast-evolving story—rendered all the more so by the political tussles erupting over the new standards and tests.
The Education Writers Association is offering a trio of regional seminars to equip busy reporters with new tools, fresh ideas, and concrete plans to improve their coverage.
We’ll take a deep dive into the latest survey data to not only look at attitudes toward the standards but also reveal where implementation really stands. Journalists will get insights and tips for covering how schools are teaching the standards, including the often-neglected issue of instructional materials. In addition, the seminars will help reporters take stock of states that have rescinded the Common Core or are calling for a “review” of the standards. Where will this lead? Will the standards change very much?
Finally, the daylong EWA seminars will probe the assessment landscape: where states stand, what tests they plan to use, and how the new exams differ from prior ones. We’ll help reporters with strategies to cover the buildup to the testing and make sense of the results. And, we’ll provide a hands-on experience with a Common Core test.
- The George Washington University (Center on Education Policy)
Dec. 15, 2014 | Seminar Agenda
- UNC–Chapel Hill (School of Education, School of Journalism and Mass Communication)
Jan. 12, 2015 | Seminar Agenda
- University of Colorado Denver (School of Public Affairs)
Feb. 26, 2015 | Seminar Agenda
Contact EWA at firstname.lastname@example.org.