The topic of Common Core State Standards is getting more and more attention nationally, and I was wondering how you, as teachers in this state, feel about these standards and the fact that Texas is one of the few states who has decided not to adopt them. If you are not certain what these standards are, check them out:
I would be interested in hearing your opinions on this new initiative.
I think it is important for the to know about them. I do a project with my students who are going to be math teachers where they have to take the Texas standards and compare them to the national ones and ones from another state--usually use Minnesota or Massachusetts, but next time I teach the course we'll include the common core math standards as well.
Although Texas did not adopt the Common Core for mathematics. The Commissioner has posted a draft on the TEA website (http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2147499971) regarding the starting point for our new standards. These are currently being reviewed by committees of educators by grade level. The new standards are scheduled to go into effect 2013.
OK... Here we go again! Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Alaska... Those are the four state who have not accepted Core Standards. I just checked out the Math guidelines for the Core and they look really solid to me. The core does not dictate what has to be completed, but gives guidelines for minimum standards. Higher bars can be established, just now lower bars.
I will know more when I go to NC in October to work with the teachers there. They are very excited to have these standards for their students.