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ERIC Number: ED546862
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 67
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
A Comparison of the American Common Core State Standards with the Finnish Educational System
Lynch, Kelly
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With the failure of the No Child Left Behind policies of the 1990's, educational reformers wished to establish a "new and improved" set of standards for the United States to follow. However, since their inception in 2006-2007, the new Common Core State Standards have become increasingly unpopular due to the fact that they remain largely untested, and are riddled with inconsistencies. Standards that were put in place to make sure that every child is "job-ready" when they graduate have actually created more division between wealthy schools, who can afford the computers and textbooks required for the new standards, and poorer schools who can barely afford the outdated and worn out textbooks they already have. While many opponents of these new standards would like to see them eliminated completely, there are alternative methods of assessment that may actually enhance or improve the standards that are already in place. However, some countries have eliminated standardized testing altogether and are thriving. Ranked as one of the best educational systems in the world, Finland reformed their educational system over thirty years ago, and has continued to develop their educational system with continued investment, teacher training, and the practice of trust.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland; United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001