Fordham’s Common Core in the Districts: An Early Look at Early Implementers examines how school leaders and teachers are implementing new standards “in a high-performing suburb, a trailblazer, an urban bellwether, and a creative implementer.”
“In the absence of externally vetted, high-quality Common Core materials, districts are striving—with mixed success—to devise their own, the report finds.
Delivering quality CCSS-aligned professional development also is “crucial” and “patchy.”
Core-aligned tests aren’t ready either.
Seventy-three percent of teachers in Common Core states say they’re enthusiastic about the new standards, but think implementation will be challenging, according to a survey by Scholastic and the Gates Foundation.
Many teachers say they need more training and resources, especially for low-achieving students.
Fifty-seven percent of teachers believe the new standards will be positive for most students; only 8 percent predict a negative impact.