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Professional Development

Moving To Higher Standards Isn't Just About Maintaining Political Support - It's About Helping Teachers Meet A Higher Bar In The Classroom

Robert Pondiscio argues for patience and realism with respect to implementing Common Core. He points out while most of the focus on pushing for and defending higher standards has been on the political battles, the heavier lift really happens in the classroom:
report earlier this month from the Education Trust didn’t command as much attention as the test scores, but it’s arguably even more important. An examination of assignments given by middle school teachers appears to show that most of the work asked of students does not reflect the higher, more rigorous standards set by Common Core. Fewer than 40 percent of assignments examined were aligned with grade-appropriate standards. If the study sought to show where teachers are in their understanding of the higher standards, the answer appears to be “not very far along.”

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