Even if we can establish high-quality common standards, that’s not enough, writes Russ Whitehurst on Brookings’ Up Front blog.
. . . high-quality common standards may affect student achievement only in a system in which there are also aligned assessments, and aligned curriculum, and accountability for educators, and accountability for students, and aligned professional development, and managerial autonomy for school leaders, and teachers who drawn from the best and brightest, and so on.
“Common core standards may be a precondition for other reforms,” Whitehurst writes. But not much will happen unless we plan now what to do to use NGA/CCSSO common core standards to improve instruction and learning.