My most recent posts to this blog have been about change. Change that is happening as a result of technologies influence on education and change that is likely necessary in the way that we instruct our students. This post will also be about change, but not from those sources but rather from legislation and governmental influence. It is my intention to provide readers with a couple of resources to become more acquainted with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Smarter Balanced. I, by no means, consider myself an expert in either field but I do feel the need to start learning about them as they will soon be a change that we will be implementing with our students.
The James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute has put out a series of videos on YouTube to introduce people to the CCSS. They are designed to introduce the guiding principles and how they will inform the concepts taught at each grade level. Though there is a full series of videos available for viewing (click here for the link) I have provided just one that gives you some background for the reasons behind and driving CCSS.
While I do not completely agree with the data that was and is collected in comparing American schools and students to those overseas I do feel that a change needs to be made with our American educational system. To be completely honest, I am not sure that the CCSS are the answer, but they are what we will be using to try and find the answer. The more that we prepare ourselves for the CCSS the smoother their implementation will be.
- What are your thoughts on the CCSS?
- Do you feel that the CCSS have the power to change the American system or are they a fad that is likely to put us further behind?
- What gaps in their education, do you think our graduates have that make them “unemployable and unprepared”?