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New Common Core tests to cost $27 per student

The new battery of Common Core-aligned tests for Montana students will cost the state about $2 million, or $27 per student, according to the Office of Public Instruction.

October 11, 2014 12:15 amLoading…
Gazette opinion: Common misconceptions about the ‘Core’

Gazette opinion: Common misconceptions about the ‘Core’

Teachers' unions have protested it. Republicans have condemned it. U.S. businesses helped initiate it and President Obama endorsed it.

September 07, 2014 6:00 amLoading…

Montana students to be tested on Common Core

HELENA — Montana will implement and test students on the Common Core standards this school year, despite opposition and an anticipated battle against the new rules in next year's legislative session.

August 31, 2014 11:50 amLoading…
Guest opinion: U.S. business depends on solid STEM education

Guest opinion: U.S. business depends on solid STEM education

With the arrival of the new school year, parents, students, educators and the community gear up with much anticipation. Traditional educational approaches have delivered good benefits in the past, but how can we move from good to great? How can we move our students from simply being “good en…

August 24, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Fact-check: Lain worked as Common Core expert

Fact-check: Lain worked as Common Core expert

CASPER, Wyo. — Before Wyoming adopted the Common Core State Standards in language arts and math in 2012, state schools chief candidate Sheryl Lain worked for a private organization to train teachers how to use the standards to help their students learn to read.

August 14, 2014 8:30 amLoading…
For conservative side of GOP, experience separates Hill and Haynes

For conservative side of GOP, experience separates Hill and Haynes

Politically, Republicans Cindy Hill and Taylor Haynes may appear similar, but supporters of the two most conservative candidates in the Wyoming gubernatorial race articulate differences between them.

July 27, 2014 11:30 amLoading…
Conference seeks to rally, empower Montana's top teachers

Conference seeks to rally, empower Montana's top teachers

It wasn’t entirely clear whether the wastebasket Billings teacher Shelly Stanton clutched was a receptacle or a shield as she fielded a barrage of crumpled paper hurled by fellow educators during her conference session on Wednesday.

July 23, 2014 8:00 pmLoading…

Common Core opponents say states' repeal boosts momentum

CASPER, Wyo. — State lawmakers opposed to nationwide educational benchmarks known as the Common Core say recent moves by three states to repeal the standards are fueling the movement to roll them back in Wyoming.

June 17, 2014 8:00 amLoading…
Hillcrest Elementary School Science Teaching

Hillcrest Elementary School Science Teaching

David Petersen helps his sixth-grade students understand the differences between various types of sound and light waves by manipulating the movement of a slinky on May 21 at Hillcrest Elementary School in Gillette, Wyo.

May 26, 2014 5:51 pm

Common Core opponents volunteer for Wyoming science standards committee

CASPER, Wyo. — Members of the grass-roots group Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core are volunteering to sit on the committee planning to review science standards for Wyoming schools, several members of the group told the Star-Tribune.

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Union official encourages teachers to share their stories

CHEYENNE — National Education Association members need to get boots on the ground and tell people about the changes they have made in students’ lives.

April 06, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…

Darrell Ehrlick: Rotten to the Core?

I have been unable to figure out whether being a journalist is a blessing or a curse.

March 16, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Montana first to implement computerized pilot program for standardized tests

Montana first to implement computerized pilot program for standardized tests

HELENA — Students won’t be sharpening number two pencils to take the state standardized test this spring.

March 09, 2014 10:00 amLoading…

House panel endorses Common Core bill

CHEYENNE, Wyo.   - The House Education Committee has endorsed a bill that could threaten Wyoming's participation in the Common Core State Standards for math and English language arts.

February 18, 2014 8:42 amLoading…

SD2 board gets updates on bond projects, opt-out procedures for novels

School District 2 has tightened up its procedures for letting parents know what books are on the middle and high school required reading lists and how to request an alternate title.

February 17, 2014 9:29 pmLoading…

State OPI gets waiver for next spring's standardized tests

HELENA — Montana public schools, moving to new standards for English and math, won’t have to test students on the old standards while doing a dry run on the new testing next spring, the state’s top school official said Tuesday.

November 05, 2013 4:30 pmLoading…

Common Core critics air data concerns – state, school officials answer

HELENA – As Montana public school students take new English and math assessment tests linked to new Common Core standards, the state and school districts will keep records of the test results.

November 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Student data collection no big deal, schools say

HELENA – At Anaconda High School, students with a smart phone or computer can tap into the school’s data system to check their attendance, assignments and grades – and often do.

November 03, 2013 12:00 am Related Loading…

Gazette opinion: Let Montana make the call on student testing

In July, Montana’s superintendent of public instruction, Denise Juneau, wrote to the federal Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and made a simple request: Let the state replace an old test with a new one that will better measure students’ learning and Montana’s adherence to Adequat…

September 30, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Forum airs concerns about acceptance of Common Core standards

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming's decision to adopt a set of national education standards in math and language arts may be a year old, but discourse on the learning goals was fresh among a crowd of parents, teachers and politicians in Casper on Tuesday night.

August 23, 2013 7:27 pmLoading…

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