These Action Briefs for school leaders are a starting point, designed to increase awareness of the standards, create a sense of urgency around their implementation, and provide these stakeholders — who are faced with dramatically increased expectations in the context of fewer resources — with a deeper understanding of the standards and their role in implementing the standards. Achieve, in partnership with College Summit, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the National Association of Elementary School Principals, released this with support from MetLife Foundation.
"New York State provides an object lesson in what happens when teachers lack the time and tools to adjust to a change as dramatic as Common Core. The state teachers union stridently withdrew its support from the standards, doing more to unsettle them than right wing activists ever could. Why? Union leaders claim teachers did not receive teaching materials or have time to develop and refine new lessons before their students had to take tougher state tests keyed to the new standards in late spring of 2013. When the state persisted with plans to evaluate teachers using results on state tests that the students failed in unprecedented numbers, teachers revolted."
From the Math Grades 3-5 Training Test:“Nicky has 4 packs of pencils. Each pack contains 15 pencils. In each pack, 5 pencils are blue and the rest green. Create a bar graph to show how many of each color pencils Nicky has.ȁ
Coursework in applied linguistics, second-language acquisition, and methods for teaching second-language learners in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking will no longer be enough, they say. For example, ESL teachers need to understand the language and language practices that are specific to different subject areas and disciplines.
No education-related topic generates as much controversy these days as the Common Core standards adopted by nearly all states and the District of Columbia. The standards have been debated in York County, in the state legislature, and across the country.
"David Liben, who was involved in the creation of the Common Core and is now Senior Content Specialist at Student Achievement Partners, provides this simple explanation of evidence under the new standards: “It means asking children two questions:
‘What is your evidence?'
'How did you figure that out?’
The point is to ask students to answer not just based on their thoughts or opinions, but on evidence in the text.”
“The United States, relatively speaking, did better on problem solving than it does on mathematics,” said Andreas Schleicher, Acting Director of Education and Skills of the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development.
“On the one hand, students struggle with getting the very important conceptual foundations of key school subjects – mathematics is one – and at the very same time, somehow the educational environment teaches them to solve problems,” he said.
A new document from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics aims to go a step further than the Common Core State Standards in math by describing specifically what educators need to do to help students reach the new requirements.
"Despite good intentions, educators and other voices represented by LFA have been largely left out of decisions around the implementation process, and decision makers have largely avoided issues of curriculum and instruction to date,"
A statewide poll shows voters are split when it comes to the Common Core education standards 41 percent of the surveys respondents say they support Common Core while 40 percent oppose it But LSU Political Science Professor Kirby Goidel says poll
A key part of the first field tests is to gauge the introduction of technology into the high-stakes world of standardized testing. In Massachusetts, students must pass state standardized tests to graduate from high school, and education officials use the data to determine which schools require overhauls and possible state takeovers.
Researchers will examine whether students who take the exams online have an edge over those flipping through booklets, and whether students who use computers routinely in school and at home perform better than other online test-takers who rarely use the devices.