ERIC Number: EJ921640
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 25
Common Core State Standards: I Wonder?
Tienken, Christopher H.
Kappa Delta Pi Record, v47 n1 p14-17 Fall 2010
On June 1, 2009, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) issued a press release stating that 49 states and territories had joined the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSS). That initiative proposed that all states voluntarily adopt the same set of curriculum standards and, eventually, submit to a national test, or at least a state test, aligned directly to those standards. Within months, many organizations, including the 16 education associations that make up the Learning First Alliance, pledged support for the yet untested initiative. In this essay, the author questions why educators have been so quick to support the common core state standards initiative. Some surprising data about how students of various countries have fared on international tests makes a case for questioning the reasoning behind this initiative.
Descriptors: State Schools, State Standards, Academic Standards, Program Effectiveness, Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Audits (Verification), Alignment (Education)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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