Common Core State Standards
States are on the doorstep of full-blown implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS); 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. It is believed the opposition is sometimes due to a lack of understanding.
- Myth: Adopting Common Core 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 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.