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Special Ed Teacher from Baltimore

I often wonder what this is

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I often wonder what this is going to look like a few years down the road. I am worried that no one really knows what is going on and everyone is going to end up doing different things. If the purpose was to provide a common framework for education across the country, then why is there no central guidance? It's just a big mess right now and students and teachers will suffer in the meantime.

AP English Literature Teacher at CheongShim International Academy, Korea

Unfortunately, it has become...

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Unfortunately, the CCSS has become its own high-stakes testing. If anyone has seen the new exams that were just rolled out, they are the new standardized tests. People are already planning how to teach to the test, and in a few months teams of people will be developing algorithms to defeat the tests like people have for the SAT, and it will just be another financial opportunity for people to take advantage of a behemoth system like the CCSS.

ericpollock@yahoo.com

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Let's hope that CCSS leads to

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Let's hope that CCSS leads to an alternative to high-stakes testing as suggested by Cville Teacher. but until that is shown, the current frenzy around common core is like the Surgeon General mandating a new cancer treatment before one scintilla of evidence is shown of its efficacy. No thoughtful person would stand for that! How about waiting until well designed pilot programs using CCSS show promise before following the new wave of experts who purport to know but who have yet to demonstrate effectiveness. I grow tired of unproven 'holy-grail' proclamations within the world of education.

Special Ed

well said

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Raylean you are exactly right...my colleagues and I always say our job would be so much better if the guys in suits weren't sitting behind a desk calling the shots. I have little faith in the idea that these people actually have been in a classroom.
The CCSS and Extended Standards are quite the burden as the Dr.'s blog said. I agree they just make things muddier rather than better. Interesting point that there is a lack of research to support any curricula over another. These CCSS drive our curriculum so our hands are tied as far as what we can teach even in special ed now due to the extended standards. I support the idea to focus our energy on supporting and guiding students and creating that drive for them to want to come to school. If we don't create such an environment these single end of the year assessments over the CCSS won't prove how remarkable the students really are.

CCSS does not equal NCLB or

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CCSS does not equal NCLB or "A Nation at Risk." The latter were mandates imposed by the federal government in an attempt to set student achievement targets without defining the standards by which those goals would be attained. Common Core, on the other hand, is not a punitive system, but a system of standards to, hopefully, guide curriculum and instruction.

We cannot assume that adoption of Common Core standards will lead to further high-stakes testing, punitive school and teacher sanctions, and prescribed teaching and learning. While I agree that the Common Core could be problematic if they are imposed with a testing regime like those associated with NCLB, this is not a foregone conclusion. Indeed, the Common Core standards may provide an alternative to high-states testing regimes, an alternative that focuses on standards with the potential for local school systems to create their own methods for assessing student growth and development in a more authentic and enriching manner.

AP English Literature Teacher at CheongShim International Academy, Korea

Not surprised at push-back

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I am surprised that this is even under the heading of assessment. Anyway, I am not so sure that this will be better than anything less that has happened in education over the last 25 years. I saw the preview of the first wave of assessments, and if all it is is mostly multiple choice, then I think the CCSS have a long way to go. If all this is for is to say that we want more critical thinking skills but then boil answers down to one right out of five possible choices, I think it might be moving simply in a lateral direction.

ericpollock@yahoo.com

Second Grade Teacher

How successful can we be at

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How successful can we be at educating our children as long as the people outside of education continue to make policies for education because they sound good in theory or look good on paper? Sometime it feels as if public school students are in a petri dish subjected to experiment after experiment. Educators, who are expert in the field of education, should be involved in policy making. I do not understand why this is not the case.

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