Curriculum (not standards) can and does move student performance. (see chart above.)
Isn't the Common Core going to solve the nation's sloppy curricular choices?
- Without a renewed focus by states on curriculum, Tom Loveless (and other detractors ) will unfortunately be proven right.
- Because states and districts have a long-standing tradition of choosing and implementing curricula that bear little real connection to their own standards, they are unlikely to behave any differently for having replaced their state standards with the Common Core.
The Bottom Line
- States along with the rest of us need to confront the fact that the Common Core is not a curriculum.
- Without attention to good curricular choices, not only will teachers be less effective than they would be otherwise, student progress will continue to stall.