After the big splash of Common Core Standards coming on the education scene there’s been a notable silence since they have begun to roll out.
I’m looking for stories of how these new standards are playing out in schools for better, the same, or worse. I began asking as we pulled new calendars out of their plastic wrapping and hung them where 2011 used to be.
So far I have heard that it’s pretty much a blind scramble as districts and teachers try to make changes. I’m hearing that in some classes these changes are minimal and others visible. Some folks are saying that as far as standards go these are pretty good and helping to create more differentiated learning in classrooms. I’m also hearing that they are gnawing away at the viability of standardized tests and creating a push for authentic assessments. On the dark side, there was a story about a principle becoming “the standards’ police” barging into classrooms and pop quizzing teachers on the standards. It’s also of course a golden opportunity for education corporations to redesign their textbooks and curricula to sell for big money.
So what’s your story? I ask out of curiosity and because I think honest dialogue during periods of change can take the frustration and shame out of “early prototyping” and help create better models in the long run.
- Common Core + Students’ Needs (twowritingteachers.wordpress.com)