With the Common Core State Standards, instruction in English language arts will dramatically change. Unlike prior state standards, these new standards place a greater emphasis on reading challenging texts.
Kentucky’s experience over the past three school years suggests it will be
a slow and potentially frustrating road ahead for the other states that are using the Common Core.Test scores are still dismal, and state officials have expressed concern that the pace of improvement is not fast enough.Districts have also seen varying success in changing how teachers teach, something that was supposed to change under the new standards.
Via Mel Riddile
In Julie Shankle’s English class at North High in Torrance, the Macbeth unit is no longer just the study of a 17th century play about a man who commits murder in a bid to become king and maintain power. Now, her 12th-grade lesson has an added element: Students must mine data to produce an essay based on the prompt, “Is killing ever justified?” This means making a compelling case and citing credible sources — perhaps a news article on euthanasia, or a TED Talks video of a professor expounding on the death penalty.