Common Core State Standards
States are on the doorstep of full-blown implementation of Common Core State Standards; soon to be known
as Washington State Learning Standards. Several states are rethinking their support of CCSS. A few have reversed course; a few have rebranded the effort; and a few have backed out of the national assessment consortia
and are designing stand alone assessments. I think the opposition is sometimes due to a lack of understanding.Below you will find four common myths I hear and the facts that counter them concerning CCSS.
- Myth: Adopting common standards means bringing all states’ standards down to the lowest common denominator. In other words it means “dumbing down” our expectations for students.
- Myth: These standards amount to a national curriculum for our schools.
- Myth: The standards tell teachers what to teach.
- Myth: The CCSS will result in a national database of private student information.
The standards are designed to build upon the most advanced current thinking about preparing all
students for college, career and life. Even the best state standards will move to the next level. Ellensburg
teachers have spent two years, going on three, gaining a deep understanding of the standards and aligning
them to our curriculum. Ask anyone who has been studying the standards and they will tell you the rigor ateach grade level has increased
The conservative Fordham Foundation awarded the Common Core math standards an A- and the English language arts standards a B+. It called both sets of standards “solidly in the honors range” and “very, very strong,” adding that they are clearer and more rigorous than the standards currently used by the vast majority of states.