Interesting info re: Common Core

As the sales rep for Curriculum Trak, I regularly get into conversations with schools about what sets of standards and benchmarks to use for alignment in their mapping program. A surprising number of faith-based schools are using the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), despite all the public hullaballoo in recent years.

What is also interesting are the following facts related to Common Core implementation:

  • Although states can add up to 15% of additional content, only 21 states have made any changes
  • Of those 21, only 5.8% have added anything to the standards
  • Changes to the CCSS by those 21 states are mostly in the area of clarification (16.9%)
  • Only 1.4% of those 21 states have deleted any information!
  • Of the original 46 states that  adopted them, eight states have repealed or withdrawn the standards, 17 have left them intact as adopted, and 21 have made the kinds of changes indicated in the previous bullets.

(Source: Education Week, January 25, 2017)

Dan Beerens is a K-12 educational consultant and international speaker specializing in curriculum mapping and design, school improvement, teacher supervision and evaluation, and staff development. He is the author of “Evaluating Teachers for Professional Growth: Creating a Culture of Motivation and Learning” published by Corwin Press.

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3 comments on “Interesting info re: Common Core
  1. Rebecca Pennington says:

    I have found this to be true in my work with schools and as a teacher educator at a Christian private college. I have found the CCSS ELA standards to be reasonable, for the most part, and to reflect competencies that prepare kids for college and life, if they are taught with creativity and compassion. I think one reason that Christian schools have adopted them is that they move back toward the notion of meaning in the text, rather than the more recent “reader response” stance. A balance is necessary, but these standards try to outline what students should be able to do in terms of textual analysis. It leaves it up to the educator to figure out how, and that includes being knowledgeable about metacognitive comprehension strategies, writing strategies, and other capabilities. Educators still need solid research and theory in order to create curriculum that is responsible and compassionate. For Christian schools, they offer a base, and the holistic Biblical framework can build those standards in, with discernment.

  2. Mark Beadle says:

    Maybe this is relevant?

    Betsy DeVos: Common Core no longer an issue for schools ……/betsy-devos-common-core-no-longer-issue-schools/

    Apr 24, 2017 – Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said Monday that Common Core isn’t an issue states have to deal with anymore. “There’s isn’t really any Common Core anymore, and each state is able to set the standards for their state,” Ms. DeVos said on Fox News. … “The Every Student …

    “The Every Student Succeeds Act, which is in the process of being implemented now, essentially does away with the whole argument about Common Core,” Ms. DeVos said

    • Rebecca Pennington says:

      Except Secretary DeVos is actually mistaken on that. Many states have kept the Common Core and the ones who haven’t officially kept it have revised things slightly and renamed their standards. For example, Georgia made some minor revisions and named their current standards, Georgia Standards of Excellence. Common Core ELA and Math are very much still present and being taught and tested in states. Less prevalent, but still important are the Next Generation Science Standards, which more states are adopting or revising.

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