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Lindsey Burke, Will Skillman fellow in education policy at The Heritage Foundation, writes:
Many homeschooled students attend some of the most rigorous and intellectually challenging schooling there is. Many families pursue a rigorous classical curriculum. Others choose to homeschool because their children wanted more challenging options than their assigned public school provided.
Research suggests homeschooled students are better prepared for college. Colleges [such as] Hillsdale and Grove City have become renowned for their rigor and [popularity among homeschooled students]. Contrary to [Education Secretary John] King’s analysis, homeschooled students are in ‘school,’ and they’re doing great.
- FREE ONLINE: The Heartland Institute has released an updated version of its booklet, Common Core: A Bad Choice for America. Download it for free and share with your family, friends, and elected officials.
- “I will question parents as I see fit.”
- Mom to district: Let my student go!
- Growth of Oklahoma homeschool co-op highlights expanding movement.
- More North Carolina parents now homeschool their kids than private school them. Homeschooling leaders attribute that partly to Common Core.
Common Core News
- Is Congress pushing kids into unwanted career paths?
- Why Alabama’s new superintendent may .
- A new report tracks nearly $5 billion in taxpayer dollars spent on Common Core and likens it to a “gold rush”: “Most people who went mining in search of gold did not come up with gold.”
- Common Core tests do not provide speedy results, as promised, and they tend to take instructional time away from kids who need it most, an Oregon state audit finds.
- New York state has released draft revisions to Common Core.
- The FBI has raided the home of the whistleblower who alleges the new SAT skipped crucial quality checks, seizing computers and documents in an effort to determine if he’s behind the leak of confidential test questions. College Board insists he’s a disgruntled former employee whose accusations are baseless; the whistleblower, Manuel Alfaro, has fired back.
- One-third of the nation’s students failed to meet college readiness levels in all four of the subjects tested on the ACT, a decrease in proficiency compared to last year. Test officials attribute the drop to a larger number of students taking the test.
- After the school year began for its 40,000 students, a for-profit college that was given no opportunity to have its case heard in court has been tanked by the federal government.