Will Common Core standards improve education? The discussion is on at National Journal.
Good standards are necessary but not sufficient, writes Diane Ravitch.
It is important to have clear, reasonable, and feasible standards because they can help improve assessment, teacher preparation, textbooks and materials, and professional development. Teachers need to know what is expected of them, and so do students.
. . . Some states with great standards, like Massachusetts, have outstanding achievement. Others with great standards, like California, are low performing. Even great standards are not enough.
Some states talk ‘college ready’ but their standards and especially their cut scores didn’t measure up. The Core gets the goal right.
Beyond the equity benefit, the Core will be an innovation platform. Like the iPhone, the Core will unleash investment of energy and investment of millions of teachers, writers, programers and entrepreneurs. We won’t get 100,000 cool apps, but we will see a new generation of adaptive content, learning games, diagnostic assessment, better PD…and maybe 10,000 cool apps.
My comment isn’t very original: Standards are the first step in a long journey.