I think we can all relax now and begin to explore the benefits of the common core state standards (CCSS). State leaders (at least in NYS and more will follow) have recognized that linking the Common Core-based testing to evaluate teachers, principals and students was diminishing the significant positive changes the CCSS can bring to the way we do education in the USA. The following statement was released today (from LOHUD’s Gary Stearn http://www.lohud.com/ ):
Statements Tuesday from leaders of the Senate and Assembly called for two changes: a minimum two-year freeze on using Common Core-based testing to evaluate teachers, principals and students; and a delay in releasing student data to the inBloom data cloud until public concerns are addressed.
By lifting the testing and evaluation links to the CCSS the legislatures give the CCSS a chance to be implemented transitionally. I look forward to more positive appraisal of the common core from parents, teachers, educators, administrators, and students as a result of this decision. Let’s take time to examine what the core can do for our students and explore the possibilities of producing independent, self-regulated learners who can be college ready and not among the 50% underprepared students who enter our colleges each year.