ERIC Number: EJ1012179
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Reference Count: 15
Dissect, Design, and Customize the Curriculum
Tienken, Christopher H.
Kappa Delta Pi Record, v49 n1 p9-11 2013
Education bureaucrats in 45 states have approved the Common Core State Standards ([CCSS], 2010) as the de facto national curriculum. The implementation of the CCSS will be monitored by a national standardized test in language arts and mathematics. The confluence of a standardized curriculum enforced with a standardized test will entrench a one-size-fits-all approach to public schooling, unless educators act at the local level to blunt some of the force of the initiatives. Curriculum customization is one method educators can use to reshape the CCSS. The author argues that educators must dissect the Standards into their component parts to scaffold instruction and customize the generic content to meet the needs of the students for which they are responsible.
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Curriculum Development, National Standards, Standardized Tests, Standard Setting, Reading Skills, Mathematics Skills, Teacher Role, Administrator Role
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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