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ERIC Number: ED560002
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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State Accountability in the Transition to Common Core. Updated
Sears, Victoria
Thomas B. Fordham Institute
The Common Core is at a critical juncture. While many surveys show that support for the standards themselves remains strong, implementation has not been without major challenges. "State Accountability in the Transition to Common Core," a new policy brief from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, provides cautionary advice about what key policymakers and influentials in a handful of states now see as transition challenges. In August and September 2013, the research team at Fordham interviewed officials and policy advocates in five states (Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, and New York) to glean how they are approaching accountability in the transition to the Common Core. While we found nuances in each state, four trends emerged: (1) The accountability moratorium is here. Punitive consequences associated with accountability are largely being put on hold during the transition to the Common Core; (2) Overall, states are treading carefully and strategically with assessments, since the quality of the forthcoming tests is still unknown; (3) While state education agencies express conviction that teachers are being adequately prepared to teach the new standards, the quality and effectiveness of Common Core trainings and professional development is unclear; and (4) Though ESEA waivers were granted to give states additional flexibility, states are now finding themselves locked into a set of new, yet still restrictive federal policies.
Thomas B. Fordham Institute. 1701 K Street NW Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20006. Tel: 202-223-5452; Fax: 202-223-9226; e-mail: backtalk@edexcellence.net; Web site: http://www.edexcellence.net
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Thomas B. Fordham Foundation
Authoring Institution: Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas; Colorado; Florida; Massachusetts; New York
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act