Not so "Common Core": the reforming of educational reform

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

From 2009 to 2013, there was a rush to develop, embrace and implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for K-12 education. Since then, there has been a rush to reject, resist and rewrite the CCSS.

The rush to judgment in both instances was and is probably misplaced. It's time to take a deep breath and put this attempt at meaningful educational reform into perspective. Or, as Simon and Garfunkel might say it, "Slow down you move too fast. Got to make the standards last now."

The Council of Chief State School Officers states that CCSS are a "set of high quality academic expectations in English-language arts (ELA) and mathematics (math) that define the knowledge and skills all should master by the end of each grade level in order to be on track for success in college and career."

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