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What Proponents Have Gotten Correct About Common Core

By    |   Thursday, 28 May 2015 04:51 PM

The Common Core State Standards Initiative was created by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) with the purpose to prepare U.S. children by equipping them in their educations with the nationally-approved skills that are deemed necessary to succeed in college and in the global sphere.

According to the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the NGA and CCSSO says these standards “are informed by the highest, most effective models from states across the country and countries around the world, and provide teachers and parents with a common understanding of what students are expected to learn. Consistent standards will provide appropriate benchmarks for all students, regardless of where they live."

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Despite the fierce controversies and debates surrounding the idea of implementing a rigid set of national standards on the individual states, here are a few things that proponents of the Common Core have gotten correctly:

1. The Common Core standards project is ostensibly state-led


Although there has been much controversy over whether or not the federal government is coercing states to join the initiative, each state may still choose whether or not it will participate in the Common Core Standards. According to its website, 43 states currently have adopted the standards.

2. The standards are internationally benchmarked

In order to compare each individual state’s data with national data, as well as with international data, the data is internationally benchmarked to compare students’ mastery of the materials and their performance rates to determine effectiveness and success, according to the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

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3. The standards do recognize the importance of both content and skills

Both the English language arts and math standards require solid foundations of critical content for the students to master, as well as the development of critical thinking skills through practicing, reading, writing, and speaking, according to the website.

4. Teachers were involved in the creation of the standards

Despite allegations that the standards were based solely upon lawmakers’ opinions and were created without teachers’ input, teachers did submit their comments and suggestions for consideration, and the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association support this claim, reports PolitiFact.

5. The standards do not dictate everything that teachers are allowed to teach in the classroom

According to the American Conservative, the Common Core standards list the skills that teachers are required to teach, but while suggestions are provided, they need not be followed mandatorily and allow room for freedom.

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