Change is never easy. Accepting changes created by others may be a daunting task at times. Education and the way students are taught is changing. The Common Core State Standards are an effort to create standards across the nation that will guide instruction. Much attention is being given to the assessment of the standards and to the two providers of the online testing; PARCC and Smarter Balance.
News announcements seem to be coming in a quick manner announcing states that are either “pulling out” of the Common Core or withdrawing from participation in the online assessment. Indiana and North Dakota are two states that have made decisions regarding their participation. What is happening in your state? Do you agree or disagree? Tell us why.
Looking back, we recognize that "No Child Left Behind" was directed but without implementation funding. "Race To The Top" was funded but not for everyone. What are we learning about the Common Core Standards implementation? Thinkfinity resources are mapped to the Common Core standards. Does this help? What else can we do?
Are American schools ready for 100% use of online testing? What happens to PARCC and Smarter Balance when federal funding ends? Will the Common Core succeed in making a positive change to education? What is happening in your state? Have you received adequate training to implement the standards? Do you have the resources needed in your classroom to teach the standards so they have meaning and are relevant to your students?