With Implementation of the New Standards, the Hard Work Begins
ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Common Core State Standards have been approved in most states for more than a year now, but the adoption was the "easy" part. The hard part—implementation from the state level on through individual classrooms—is just getting started. But even with the time devoted by many to explaining the standards, questions remain in many people's minds.
"Implementing the Common Core," the latest issue of The State Education Standard—the award-winning journal of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)—seeks to answer some of those questions and explain what the standards are and what they will mean for students, educators, and policymakers. Here, recognized experts examine the history of the standards from their creation and adoption to implementation and the work being done to develop standards-aligned assessments.
So far, 44 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have adopted the standards in their entirety. The "Implementing the Common Core" issue answers such questions as "What About the 15%?" and "Does Common Mean 'the Same'?" Articles highlight the key shifts in instruction asked for by the standards, the opportunities the Common Core may provide for students with disabilities, and how a noted conservative views the standards.
"The idea of common standards was not new when the Common Core were drafted, but the creation, adoption, and implementation of these standards are a great step forward," said NASBE Executive Director Jim Kohlmoos. "They are more rigorous, in many cases they bring content to students earlier in their school careers, they require much more critical thinking."
"Ensuring that all students in the state, especially those in schools that were not succeeding with the old standards, will be a huge job," said David Kysilko, NASBE's Chief Knowledge Officer and editor of the Standard. "State boards have been instrumental in advancing the Common Core, and now with implementation the rubber is meeting the road in terms of the work ahead for both state and local school systems. Our intent is to help illuminate this road as boards continue their work."
Publication of this edition of the Standard was made possible with support from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. For more information about the issue and how to order copies, go to www.nasbe.org.
The National Association of State Boards of Education represents America's state and territorial boards of education. NASBE exists to strengthen State Boards as the preeminent educational policymaking bodies for citizens and students. For more, visit www.nasbe.org.
SOURCE National Association of State Boards of Education