15 Jul

Is there enough research that Common Core is working?

Common core is now being widely adopted and used for the creation of curriculum for Kindergarten through Grade 12 particularly in 2 basic college and career areas namely: English Language Arts and Mathematics. In the District of Colombia, 42 states have adopted Common Core Standards into their curriculum ensuring therefore that their graduates become prepared for 2 or 4-year college courses for those who intend to continue their studies or for those who prefer to become part of the workforce, to ensure that these standards fit local industry standards.

In addition to acquiring feedback from educators, Common Core was also developed by observing worldwide performers – outstanding schools in other highly developed or top-performing countries including their methods of instruction, goals adopted by them and instructional tools. These days, many techniques are being developed in classroom instruction, and it is the view of the developers of Common Core standards that everyone must keep abreast with the latest, most realistic and practical methods of instructions for K1 to 12.

The development of the standards is based on high-quality research taking into account the ability of the student to acquire language and mathematical skills. It also took into account career development requirements as well as international trends in Mathematics, Science, and Language; with continuous monitoring of student, improvement is focusing on coherence and achievement.

There are no actual statistics to prove that Common Core is working, but we have data like the ones mentioned above that Common Core is a collaboration of schools, educators/teachers and governors and education chiefs. There was also in-depth reliance on representatives of higher education and the experts who were tasked to gather public opinion. These were reduced into writing for submittal to a final review committee. After standards have been developed, these were published in June 2010 and made available for voluntary adoption.

Now since Common Core is not enforced, it must be expected that during the first years of its implementation, schools would try to avoid it as most people shun change. But as news about its benefits spread wide, more schools and more states have begun adopting it.
The Common Core Standards were based on the feedbacks obtained from teachers and standard experts across the U.S. Thus, the NEA (National Education Association), AFT (American Federation of Teachers), NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English). The goal is to provide students with enough preparation whether they proceed to College or choose to work and raise families. The Standard developers want to assure Parents that these standards meet college and workforce and employment standards.

Why Common Core? Common was the word chosen to make consistent the application of standards wherever the student goes. The goal was to put him on equal footing with his contemporaries. Before the passing of these Common Core Standards, standards varied widely from state to state.

Common Core values will gradually replace existing systems. Textbooks, teaching methods, and materials as well as digital study aids, are now being updated, replaced or improved. Teacher feedbacks are continuously being ascertained and student performance continuously being monitored to ensure that Common Core Standards are working. The Common Core effort will be continuous, and new common core values will be adopted – this will include making available updates and guidance to educators and implementors like teachers, authors, and students.

Common Core State Standards will emphasize on the clarity of goals and expectations, particularly in language arts and mathematics. Common Core Standards do not intend to write the lesson plan for teachers as lesson plans are based not only on the curriculum but also on the circumstances of the student, and the locality, and therefore best when written by the teacher himself. Teachers and states can tailor fit these standards depending on prevailing circumstances.

Common Core’s gentle approach does not force institutions to adapt to it right away. Schools are given time to adjust to cutting-edge learning and teaching techniques. Thus those who decide to accept it do so when they are ready financially and professionally. Professional Development will be essential in the development of teachers and methods, tools, training materials, instruction materials such as textbooks and digital aids. Thus adopting Common Core standards in classroom instructions will cost the school. With the use of online methods nowadays, however, Common Core methods become more available and inexpensive.

It will be hard to measure and determine whether Common Core Standards are being adopted and applied when schools are encouraged to tailor fit it. So as of this writing, Common Core Standards still vary from state to state depending on prevailing circumstances.