Study: Common Core, tests violate federal laws, unlikely to improve academic achievement

By Pioneer Institute on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 in Common Core

BOSTON – In the wake of the U.S. House and Senate’s passage of bills that would reauthorize the federal No Child Left Behind law, a new Pioneer Institute research paper finds that national English and mathematics standards, known as Common Core, violate three federal laws that prohibit the federal government from exercising any direction, supervision or control over […]

High-quality education is the civil rights issue of our era

By Pioneer Institute on Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 in School Choice

BOSTON – Black History Month may have come and gone but Pioneer believes we must fight year round to ensure that all children have access to a high-quality education without regard to zip code or race. Massachusetts has in the past and must continue to lead the way in this fight.

Study finds Common Core math standards will dumb down college STEM curriculum

By Pioneer Institute on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 in Common Core

BOSTON – Common Core math standards (CCMS) end after just a partial Algebra II course.  This weak Algebra II course will result in fewer high school students able to study higher-level math and science courses and an increase in credit-bearing college courses that are at the level of seventh and eighth grade material in high-achieving […]

We now have a smart exit strategy from Common Core

By Pioneer Institute on Monday, September 1st, 2014 in Common Core

BOSTON – Rick Hess and Mike McShane back in the spring wrote in the National Review Online that, “At the end of March, Indiana became the first state to repeal the Common Core standards. The aftermath has not been pretty.”

Louisiana Gov. Jindal’s lawsuit against the Feds on Common Core draws on Pioneer Institute’s research

By Pioneer Institute on Thursday, August 28th, 2014 in Common Core

BOSTON – The legal complaint issued by Governor Jindal’s office clearly builds off Pioneer Institute’s white paper “The Road to a National Curriculum,” co-authored by former U.S. Department of Education General Counsel Kent Talbert, Deputy General Counsel Robert Eitel, as well as Bill Evers of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Study finds that new technology, relaxation of protections threaten student privacy

By Pioneer Institute on Friday, May 23rd, 2014 in Common Core, Other News

BOSTON – New technology allows advocates for education as workforce development to accomplish what has long been out of their reach: the collection of data on every child, beginning with preschool or even earlier, and using that data to track the child throughout his/her academic career and then through the workforce, according to a new […]

Study finds Common Core Standards not properly validated

By Pioneer Institute on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 in Common Core

BOSTON – Five of the 29 members of the Common Core Validation Committee refused to sign a report attesting that the standards are research-based, rigorous and internationally benchmarked.  The report was released with 24 signatures and included no mention that five committee members refused to sign it, according to a new study published by Pioneer […]

Setting the record straight on Common Core

By Pioneer Institute on Friday, February 14th, 2014 in Video

WASHINGTON, D.C. – There is so much misinformation on all sides of the debate on Common Core national education standards and tests.

An open letter to Massachusetts Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester

By Pioneer Institute on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 in Common Core

BOSTON – In this letter, Pioneer Institute Executive Director Jim Stergios asks the Massachusetts Education Commissioner to disclose whether the Commonwealth has received a waiver from the federal government that would authorize districts to forego administering the MCAS exam this year.