Many districts aren’t ready for new standards

Only half of school districts are working on implementing the Common Core Standards their states have adopted, according to a Center on Education Policy survey. Some are waiting for state guidance on how to adapt curriculum, instruction and assessment and add learning materials.

“What it says to me is that there is a large percentage that don’t seem to understand the train that is about to hit them,” said William H. Schmidt, a Michigan State University education professor who is conducting his own research on districts’ readiness for the new standards. “That, to me, is somewhat scary.”

Superintendents disagree on whether the new standards are more demanding, reports Education Week.

Fewer than 60 percent of the districts said they view the new standards as more rigorous than their states’ previous guidelines. Fewer still—55 percent in math, and 58 percent in English/language arts—said they believed the standards would improve students’ skills.

Two-thirds of the districts anticipate the need for new curriculum materials in math, and 56 percent anticipate a similar need for the literacy standards. About half the respondents said they thought the new standards would demand “fundamental changes” in instruction.

Surveying superintendents overstates districts’ readiness for the new standards, Schmidt told Ed Week.  “In his work surveying 700 districts, he said, he has found that teachers know less about the standards than do staff members at district headquarters.”


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  1. Well… he’s right about the train wreck anyway…

    So, although a small percentage of superintendents (and a whole lot of the rest of us!) see Common Core as “more rigorous” they are seemingly ready to spend more money on instructional materials and professional development to “fundamentally change instruction”

    Yep, sounds like the educratic establishment at work AGAIN!

    It’s definitely time to scrap Common Core, Race to the (Bank) and the Department of Education’s stomp on state sovereignty BEFORE this train leaves the station!

  2. The reason that “teachers know less” than their district administrators is because that is exactly how this “state-led” initiative was designed. Very few teachers, school board members, parents or students have had any access whatsoever to information (let alone any valuable input) regarding Common Core and RttT.

    They paint us as stupid re: CC/RttT, when that is exactly what they had hoped for all along!
    “You haven’t heard about it, but for over a year the U.S. Department of Education has been quietly working behind the scenes to establish national control of K-12 education curriculum.”

  3. The report’s summary at the website indicates there is little opposition to the Common Core from parents, others. No surprise there, since this is yet another in a long string of top-down initiatives; there have been so many it is difficult to take them seriously any more.