Fundamentally, students in grades K through 5 are focused on developing comprehension strategies that will enable them to manipulate grade-level texts of appropriate complexity, and communicate effectively both in writing and in speaking.
As a candidate, Trump embraced school choice, and he soon followed through by tapping longtime choice advocate Betsy DeVos as his education secretary. Yet some in the charter school community have worried that vocal support from a polarizing president could prove to be a mixed blessing, at best, for a reform that has long enjoyed bipartisan support.
Support for charter schools dropped by 12 percentage points between andthe largest change in opinion we observed on any item Figure 1.
Upon closer inspection, however, the decline is not clearly linked to the occupant of the Oval Office. Further, support for private-school choice, which Trump also endorses, holds steady and may have ticked upward over the past year. Roughly one in four respondents takes no position on charter schools, perhaps reflecting the fact that many Americans remain unfamiliar with them.
Tax credits continue to command the highest level of support among all choice proposals Figure 2b.
Fifty-five percent of respondents favor the idea, a level not noticeably different from last year. Opposition to vouchers has also declined. This version of the voucher question consistently draws lower levels of support. To sum up, in three of the four phrasings of the voucher question—the two that emphasize choice and the one that emphasizes the use of government funds to support low-income families—we find a decline in public opposition.
In no instance do we find a slippage in support, and in the case of vouchers for low-income parents we see an increase of 6 percentage points. Larger changes are observed within each political party.
All in all, however, support from Trump and DeVos may have advanced the tide for private-school choice. Education savings accounts, the most recent choice proposal, have yet to capture public support.
But the general public has yet to embrace that logic. The more long-standing idea of allowing parents to educate their children at home draws somewhat higher levels of support. In sum, the sharp drop in support for charter schools constitutes the major change in the school-choice battle over the course of the past year.
The change could reflect the waning influence of the Obama administration, which had for years sustained bipartisan support for charters through its Race to the Top and No Child Left Behind waiver programs.
The impact of these developments on public opinion seems to have gone well beyond the confines of the Democratic Party. But as it turns out, the story is more complicated.
Yet this year that downward trend has suddenly come to a halt Figure 4. The escalating trend of opinion against Common Core may have run its course.
Republicans remain more opposed to the Common Core than Democrats. Proponents can hope that this upward shift in teacher support could prefigure gains more generally in the future.
Opposition to the Common Core partly reflects a tainted brand name rather than antagonism to the concept of shared state standards. The hike in support for standards when Common Core is not mentioned is larger this year than last, especially among Republicans.
Last year, dropping the name increased support 14 percentage points among the total sample and 17 percentage points among Republicans. Now, members of the two major parties are indistinguishable in their support for shared state standards, so long as they are not called Common Core.
This may explain why many states are leaving the standards in place, in some cases with modest tweaks, but forgoing any mention of Common Core.
Even as the Common Core continues to divide Americans, support for testing and school accountability enjoys broad support not only across party lines, but also among parents and, in some instances, among teachers.
Teachers are an exception, however: Teacher opinion more closely resembles that of the broader public on the issue of allowing parents to opt out of state testing of students. Teachers are even more opposed to testing in preschool: The public also strongly favors laws allowing states to take control of local districts where academic performance has been low for several years.
There is even more support—and consensus—on allowing states to take control of local school districts where there is evidence of financial mismanagement.Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each year’s grade-specific standards, to retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in previous grades, and to work steadily toward meeting the more general expectations described by the Standards.
The Common Core State Standards have made it even more important for educators to assist students in making the connections between writing and reading through thoughtful and well-planned instruction, assignments and feedback. Opinion writing - a basic form of persuasion and argument is now part of the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and applies to all elementary grade levels.
Students will use this opinion writing template to write their opinion about a topic in the format of opinion, reasons, and conclusion. Opinion writing - a basic form of persuasion and argument is now part of the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and applies to all elementary grade levels.
Students will use this opinion writing template to write their opinion about a topic in the format of opinion, reasons, and conclusion. Writing an Opinion - Longer School Days. You will watch a video, read some articles, and look at a graph.
Each source will give you some information about the issue of whether or not longer school days will boost student success. Range of Writing provides multiple examples of student writing within a grade across a wide variety of content areas, curriculum units, conditions for writing, and purposes.
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