Common Core http://wesa.fm en New GED Exam Puts Students and Educators to the Test http://wesa.fm/post/new-ged-exam-puts-students-and-educators-test <p>The stereotypes about adults seeking GED certification can be ugly and simplistic. But the reality is that many lack a high school diploma for reasons largely outside their control: health problems, family issues and immigration status, just to name a few.</p><p>Some, like Rebekah&nbsp;Petrakovits, were home-schooled without proper oversight from school officials who were supposed to monitor their progress.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:03:49 +0000 Josh Raulerson 21493 at http://wesa.fm New GED Exam Puts Students and Educators to the Test Cost Concerns Still Loom Large in PA Common Core Debate http://wesa.fm/post/cost-concerns-still-loom-large-pa-common-core-debate <p>The potential cost of implementing new statewide educational standards promises to be a prominent issue at a pair of upcoming state Senate panel hearings on the Pennsylvania Common Core.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br>The academic standards, which include assessments required for high school graduation, were developed within the commonwealth to satisfy federal regulations.<br><br>But they were engulfed in controversy this spring as critics suggested they represented top-down educational mandates.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; Tue, 20 Aug 2013 16:21:52 +0000 Mary Wilson 15141 at http://wesa.fm State Education Officials Try to Clear the Air Over PA Common Core http://wesa.fm/post/state-education-officials-try-clear-air-over-pa-common-core <p>Corbett administration officials are waging a clean-up campaign to try to dispel some of what they call false claims about new Common Core educational measures the state plans to implement this fall.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>Carolyn Dumaresq, with the state Department of Education, said the new measures will bring no mandated curricula or reading lists, and no nationally dictated tests.<br><br>She spoke to state lawmakers in an attempt to explain the new standards, which she says received the most intense public feedback on the standards in the past few months.<br> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 14:41:27 +0000 Mary Wilson 14369 at http://wesa.fm Pennsylvania Common Core Standards on Hold, Pending State Board Review http://wesa.fm/post/pennsylvania-common-core-standards-hold-pending-state-board-review <p>In the spring, Gov. Tom Corbett postponed implementation of the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards, citing concerns from lawmakers and public. Corbett asked the State Board of Education and lawmakers to review the standards and make any modifications they deem necessary.</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 21:12:51 +0000 Deanna Garcia 12403 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Orders Short Delay to Tweak Common Core http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-orders-short-delay-tweak-common-core <p>Gov. Tom Corbett has ordered a delay in the adoption of new high stakes standardized tests for public schools in Pennsylvania.</p><p>The new Pennsylvania Common Core standards were supposed to be implemented in July. The class of 2017 would need to pass the subject-specific tests before graduating.</p><p>But Education Department spokesman Tim Eller says the postponement won’t result in any major changes.</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 15:09:01 +0000 Mary Wilson & WESA Staff 9997 at http://wesa.fm