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Common Core State Standards: Focus on the Standards, Not the Terminology

Author: Stacy Carlson, Ph.D.

October 6, 2014

Common Core State Standards, known in Arizona as Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards and in Florida as Florida Standards, propel students to reach higher, engage teachers to instruct with increased rigor and ensure graduates are successful as they pursue a postsecondary certificate or degree.

While the implementation of Common Core State Standards is still meeting opposition, some key themes should enter the discussion:
Among educators surveyed by EdWeek, 69% believe the Common Core State Standards will improve their own instruction and classroom practice. Support for high educational standards is strong; although when those standards are referred to as “Common Core” that support is tainted. EdNext found in a recent survey that the term diminishes support, not the practice.

Common Core State Standards are still implemented by local school boards, local school administrators and most importantly by teachers. The federal government is not controlling how states implement the Common Core State Standards. Rather than focusing on terminology we need to move the discussion to achievement. Achievement enables a student to count to 100 by the end of kindergarten. Achievement enables a third grader to read for comprehension and learning. Achievement enables a high school student to transition to a postsecondary environment with no developmental coursework.

Our students deserve a world class education that prepares them for success in college and career. The increased rigor associated with Common Core State Standards appropriately challenges them to think critically and analytically, two traits that will propel them as individuals, and our society as a whole, to a more competitive global standing.

Category: Common Core

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