Common State Standards Draft Released

Greetings Blogosphere!
Did you know that the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) have joined, along with a number of other agencies to initiate a state-led process of developing (and adopting) a common core of state standards? Forty-six states plus the DC, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have signed on to take part in The Common Core State Standards Initiative.

I knew this was underway, but imagine my surprise when Education Week reported that drafts had been released this week!

Well, here they are for your viewing pleasure:
Standards for Reading, Writing, and Communication

Check ’em out. What do you think?

Your Friendly Assessment Nerd, Porter


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  1. Tara O'Toole said:

    I have mixed feelings about this. I think it would be convenient for people who move. But, I also feel like we are becoming way too standardized. We are trying to get our kids using technology more and being creative, yet also putting them into a box and telling them they all have to do the same thing. In a way I think it’s good for everyone to be on the same page because it seems more fair that way. However, I sort of feel like I’m losing my creativity in the process. I was at school all week working on common assessments for my Geometry class and it was a nightmare. We worked it out because we were both able to compromise well, but I don’t know what will happen when school starts and the other teachers see the tests. It seems to take way too much time and it’s frustrating.

  2. Kate Folger said:

    I think Standards are a great idea if they outline the minimum requirements for subjects. There are certain things students should be able to do at the end of any given grade. The danger with establishing a minimum is that the majority of people will work only to that level and not strive to surpass it. There really is no easy solution; but I do empathize on the struggle between standardizing our curriculum and creatively engaging our students. There is a middle ground somewhere; we just need to find it.

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