Rick Hess’ take on Andy Porter’s analysis of how similar/dissimilar the proposed Common Core standards are to existing state standards is worth a read.

3 Replies to “Uncommon?”

  1. Our state will be using the common math standards this year and they are completely different from state standards. I believe that some of the standards are not age-appropriate, but thank you for your insight.

  2. As an educator in Georgia, my school is currently making preparations to move further towards the Common Core Standards. There are both pros and cons that come with this new set of required academic skills, as there are in any educational situation/change. After professional planning with the leadership coaches who represent my school, we have come to find specific similarities and dissimilarities in the Common Core Standards that reflect the current academic skills taught in specific grade levels. We have found that some of the Core Standards do relate to the current skills being taught, however, there are also several that do not reflect the current age/grade level to which they have been assigned, especially in such an extreme diverse atmosphere that my school has and the struggling levels our students come to us with (as we are high in receiving many transcient students).

  3. Here in Ontario, Canada, our grade 3 and 6 students participate in the Education Quality and Accountability Office testing (EQAO). This testing is standardized and a great tool to grasp an overall look at the achievement. However, this testing does not give kinesthetic learners an equal opportunity to demonstrate what they know. How can a viewer of the test results be certain that ever teacher is a highly qualified educator? Simple you can’t, you can only hope that your child will take with him or her stronger information to assist them with their future endeavours. The transient rate of students will skew results, however, the testing skews results as well.

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