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The Wrong Way to Implement the Common Core
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 10, 2013, 09:48 PM   

Even though the controversy about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is still in full swing, for the vast majority of teachers, the reality is that next year they will be expected to be teaching the standards. At AAE, our desire is to support our teachers through the implementation process and make sure that they have the tools necessary to succeed. Without good implementation of the standards, teachers are being set up for failure. 

Unfortunately, there are plenty of cases where the standards are being implemented poorly. I've heard from teachers frustrated that administrators are calling for students to read books based on lexile, rather than parse true text complexity issues, and from others saying they are being handed a dictated curriculum. Of course, the most egregious example in recent memory was the recent testing snafus.

The issue of bad implementation of CCSS has become such a large issue that recently Johnna Weller from Discovery Education addressed the issue on Cool Cat Teacher Blog. Dr. Weller pointed out many of the pitfalls that she saw districts taking and urged teachers to push for proper implementation.

Among the pitfalls she noted was:
• Not allowing for student or teacher creativity
• Teaching only the standards
• Relying too heavily on technology
• Confusing complexity with difficulty, and
• Focusing on curriculum more than instructional practice 

The article is full of good insights and the entire text can be read here.


Originally posted by Melissa at AAE.

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