There are many teachers that I know against Common Core State Standards. They are partially right to be against it. I align more closely with the first statement because common core standards create an opportunity for all students across the nation to have equal education. As educators, our ultimate goal is to prepare our student for post-secondary education and to make sure that they are college and career ready. In my school, State of Nevada mandates high school students to take the ACT tests as a graduation requirement. As a college counselor, I encourage our students to take the standardized test for college admission. SAT or ACT is one of the key element in the college admission process and required for most of the post-secondary institution as an admission requirement. Common Core standards provide many advantages for students to be prepared for those standardized tests. Common Core standards are designed to help students for success in college and career (CCSS Initiative, 2010, p. 1).
Standardized testing has become a very controversial topic amongst the nation. There are two sides, one that agrees that these tests are doing well for students and school officials, and another that argues that these tests are hurting the students taking them and should be put to a stop. Norman R. Augustine wrote an article for the need of standardized testing, and Jessie B. Ramey States the ways that the tests are impairing the learning capability of the students.
All states have a course standard to follow to set goals for teaching and learning (West, 2018). Teachers use these standards as a guide within their classroom to provide the best learning for their students. Today there is a huge debate between Common Core Standards and the Alabama College and Career Readiness Standards. These two standards are highly debated and investigated amongst teachers, government officials, and parents to understand which standards will enhance student’s academic knowledge. Some state political boards do not agree with the new adoption if the Common Core Standards. After researching both standards and gaining my own opinion, I think to adopt the new Common Core Standards is a positive thing for our school systems. Even though it has some negative like difficult transition for students, standards are vague, and unequal access to technology in the classroom and at home (Meador, 2017). Even with all the cons associated with the Common Core Standards, I think the new Common
It was discovered that in education there were certain areas that were universal and common among learning. The two main subjects of concern were English language arts and mathematics. Common core is the new curriculum implemented now in school systems to develop learning. Common Core Standards are a clear set of shared goals and expectations for the knowledge and skills students need in English language arts and mathematics at each grade level so they can be prepared to succeed in college, career, and life. Although, Common Core seems to be here to stay this article addresses concerns in reference to content, instruction, and assessment. The questions raised were: 1). Is the content of Common Core State standards appropriate for young children?
The Common Core State Standards is a controversial subject among educators, parents and general public. What most people do not realize is state standards have been around since the 1900’S, and every state has had their own standards in the early 2000’s. Each state standard has levels or benchmarks, which state what the student should be proficient in per grade level. Most of these standards are in place for third grade through high school. Even though each state had their own standards, there were concerns about the equalizations of standards among all the students in the United States. In 2007 this concern was raised at an annual meeting of the Council of Chief State School Office. The concern of equalization of standards was one of the key reasons the Council of Chief State School Office and the National Governors Association started working together to develop the Common Core State Standard.
The No Child Left Behind Act is a United States Act of Congress that is a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Brought before congress in 2001 and passed into law in 2002, this act was set into place to close the achievement gap with accountability, flexibility, and choice, so that no child is “left behind” academically. No child left behind is a standardized education reform based on the idea that setting high standards and establishing goals that can be measured, will improve individual outcomes in education by having educational facilities held accountable for testing scores.
Both America’s political left and right vigorously tout their solution is the only one and education is a hotbed because it is an easy target. Evidence: Activists and politicos try and harness the debate from any angle that would put their point of view ahead of their rival. Common Core in the mainstream right media is portrayed as an evil creation by the left. Generally it has nothing to do with the standards themselves, but is likely to be any additional hot point that can be born under the name Common Core (Simon). Explanation: This important because the backers of CCSS believe if that the general public could understand exactly what the standards are, there might be more support for them. Only seventeen percent of Americans who supported Common Core and the remainder was either confused or thought it was an umbrella for many topics other than education (Simon) This all connects back to my argument that the debate has spun out of control fueled by both sides, with the public stuck in the middle trying to grasp some understanding of CCSS.
America is not the country it use to be, no more are the days of simplicity. In recent years, Obama has changed many different aspects of this country. In fact, Obama has had an impact on health care, education, and war in both negative and positive ways.
Why would students not want to be on a level playing field in their education? Why would they not want to be able to move seamlessly between states? These opportunities are given to students by Common Core. Although many opponents may say that these standards are a barrier of creativity, the Common Core Standards being accepted in all fifty states would help America, because it would have teachers across state borders instructing similar lesson plans, it would decrease the achievement gap, and it would better prepare students for college and the workforce by teaching them the needed materials for their futures.
In 2009, governors and state commissioners alike came together to formulate the development and implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Through membership organizations such as the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) (http://www.corestandards.org/about-the-standards/frequently-asked-questions/), they were able to create a system that represented a clear-cut caliber of expectations meant for students in kindergarten to grade 12. Over the past several years, new amendments have been added to keep up with the standard that 48 states have adopted into their school systems, although the adoption of the policy was voluntary (http://www.corestandards.org/about-the-standards/frequently-asked-questions/). Despite majority of the states in the U.S. having decided on the policy already, there has been conflict amongst the parents of the children who are subject to the rigorous and exhausting amount of tests they must take to keep up with what is fixed into their school systems. The argument against test-taking is a controversy in itself as many believe
Standardized testing really took off after the no child left behind act of 2001. Since then the number of standardized tests has only gone up. Now even 2nd graders have to take standardized tests. More tests is the answer our government has for the problems with our education. Tests are not the solution, they are part of the problem. The tests aren’t very accurate, sure you know how to fill in a bubble, but you don’t learn how to think for yourself. If the answer's not a b c or d you don’t know how to answer it. Standardized test are seriously crippling our critical thinking skills. Now the tests interfere with seniors eligibility to graduate. Students wait in agony for the results of these tests to come in and it adds more stress to an
Common Core is the new standard of teaching in schools implemented by the federal government. State education chiefs and governors developed a set of standards that they believe students should know after each grade, so they are prepared for college or a job after high school. But are these standards fair for everyone? Not everyone learns at the same speed and some students require special attention. The cost of Common Core is also costly to the school districts. Most teachers do not support Common Core either.
Common Core Standards were implemented as a way to have national standards for all students. This way, students have equal access to the same curriculum. There needs to be an enhancement in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math so that students are prepared for 21st century jobs (Zarra 17). Many educators feel that students are not prepared to compete globally against other countries. However, the United States has always taken a lead globally against other countries. Many people say that the Common standards are not culturally equitable, and that it has harmed student’s love of literature and progress in math. Parents also feel it has taken away their say in their child’s education.
Education reform is legislation to improve the quality of education in the United States. Once, grades were the most important achievement for students. However, politicians and the public were concerned that our standardized test scores were not as good as those of other countries. Therefore, state and national governments started making laws to make school more challenging and to test kids more. One of those laws was “No Child Left Behind”. Recently, the Common Core State Standards were developed and kids were going to be tested more than ever. However, all of this education reform has been a failure because our testing scores have not improved, the testing makes children suffer, and it doesn’t improve how teachers teach.
Standardized education is a practice that has been present in our current system of education for approximately one to two centuries. As such, many elements of the education system do not “play nicely” with many of the values held outside of “school life” today, such as the values presented in our schools that belong in an age of industrial factory workers, where following directives exactly as provided was critical to success. Additionally, as there are unique variations between two different students, standardized education may jeopardize the learning potential for particular students that need specialized learning environments in order to best take advantage of their time. A major shift in standardized education practices needs to occur,