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GETTING DOWN TO THE CORE: UNDERSTANDING THE POLITICS OF COMMON CORE STANDARDS
Transcript of GETTING DOWN TO THE CORE: UNDERSTANDING THE POLITICS OF COMMON CORE STANDARDS
What is the history behind the CCSS?
1983: A Nation at Risk
2002: No Child Left Behind
2009: National Governors Association & Council of Chief State School Officers
2010: Birth of Common Core State Standards!
Common Core Losing Ground
Critics Speak Out Against
The CCSS were underhandedly imposed on states by the federal government.
Getting Down to the Core:
2014: Indiana, South Carolina & Oklahoma withdrawl from
2015: CCSS Retitled
*Next Generation Sunshine Standards- Florida
*New California Standards
WHAT WENT WRONG?
"one size fits all" national standards
"state by state" orientation to avoid federal laws
No public input or feedback
Race to the Top funds
The CCSS are a national curriculum.
Detail how and when the standards should be taught
Teachers will "teach to the test"
Provides reading lists
Rigor is lower, but standards are labeled as higher
Example: No more great works of literature, no more poetry!
Advocates Speak Out for the Core!
Democratic & Republican Governors
Teacher support for CCSS at 70 %
Edutopia (2014) AFT & NEA Polls
Support from Californians at 67%
77% African Americans
Children Now (2015)
What Do Advocates Like?
Overall objective: Better preparing students for college & career
Intentionally teaching critical thinking & problem solving skills
Teachers can exercise professional judgement
Literacy across disciplines
Aligned to state tests
Moving Forward with Common Core
Success will depend on the curricula used to implement the CCSS
Teachers will need ongoing professional development
School & district administrators will need to listen to teacher feedback
Analyze data to determine support needs and make adjustments
Will the CCSS Survive?
The CCSS: A Useful Tool for Reform
Provides equity in access to academic rigor
Better prepare students for college and career
Critical thinking & problem solving to compete with international peers
once for the core,