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September 03, 2009
September 09, 2009
The Common Core academic standards—gearing up this year and next, and to be fully implemented by 2014-15—represent an overhaul in how teachers teach and how students learn. The new learning standards in English language arts and math will stress students’ reasoning and analytical skills—considered by many educators and researchers to be an improvement compared to how educating students has been done in recent times.
Consider the mounting evidence that the Common Core will be a change—if not a “monumental shift”—that pushes education in the right direction for the Buckeye State.
And, a growing number of educator surveys show the support that the Common Core has in the field:
Finally, the research on the Common Core indicates that it will raise expectations and demand more of students:
Bill Schmidt summarizes his research saying that “we finally have standards that are comparable to what the top-achieving countries have.” And, we at Fordham agree with Schmidt and the educators out in the field—the Common Core standards are fewer, higher, and deeper, and as such, are worthy of support.
[i] Interestingly, Porter (2011), using a different research method, draws less conclusive findings on whether the Common Core math standards have greater “focus” than Schmidt and Houang.