In Common Standards and Washington State moi said:
The Thomas Fordham Foundation (Fordham Foundation) has released a new report by Sheila Byrd Carmichael, Gabrielle Martino, Kathleen Porter-Magee, and W. Stephen Wilson, The State of State Standards and the Common Core in 2010 about common education standards and how these standards stack up against the standards of the individual states. The Fordham Foundation has an analysis of Washington State Education Standards
The Fordham Foundation grades the Washington English Language Standards as “C” and gives an “A” to the Math Standards:
The Bottom Line
With their grade of C, Washington’s ELA standards are mediocre. Those developed by the Common Core State Standards Initiative earn a solid B-plus. The CCSS ELA standards are superior to what the Evergreen State has in place today.
The Bottom Line
With some minor differences, Common Core and Washington State both cover the essential content for a rigorous, K-12 mathematics program. That said, Washington’s standards are exceptionally clear and well presented, and are generally more detailed and explicit than Common Core. In particular, they include “Explanatory Comments and Examples” that provide additional context so that the reader knows exactly what students are expected to know and be able to do. In addition, the high school content is organized so the standards dealing with various topics, such as quadratic functions, are grouped together in a mathematically coherent way. The organization of the Common Core is more difficult to navigate, in part because standards on related topics sometimes appear separately rather than together.
On the other hand, Common Core excels in the development of fractions, and includes important material on trigonometry that is missing from Washington’s standards.
Education Week has a good report by Stephen Sawchuck which includes a report of how others states fared according to the Fordham Foundation report.
Stephen Sawchuck of Education Week has an analysis of the Fordham report. In Common Standards Judged Better Than Most States’ Sawchuck reports….
Another excellent analysis of common standards is Valerie Strauss’ article in the Washington Post.
In Do High Standards Really Help Kids? Strauss comments about standards….
Education is a partnership between the student, parent(s) or guardian(s), teacher(s), and school. Standards are a benchmark, but students and families need to prepare for and support student education success. Teachers must be prepared and supported in meeting the standards adopted by the schools. Schools must be learning environments which support and mentor teachers and keep children safe. Otherwise, standards are simply a nice goal.
The Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession asked Washington teachers about how the felt about common standards Among their findings are:
50%OSPI Benefit: Establish a clear set of expectations for every teacher and student.
Most teacher respondents (89%) agree that the Common Core Standards establish a clear set of expectations for teachers and students.
OSPI Benefit: Make it easier for students who move from school-to-school and state-to-state to make a seamless transition, and remain confident that their K-12 education leads to college, skills training or the workplace.
Most teacher respondents (78%) agree that Common Core Standards make it easier for students who move from school-to-school and state-to-state to make a seamless transition, and remain confident that their K-12 education leads to college, skills training or the workplace.
OSPI Benefit: Boost the competitive advantage of American students, who for the first time will have the opportunity to meet the academic standards set by top-performing countries.
Teacher respondents felt mixed about whether the Common Core Standards boost the competitive advantage of American students. 45% agreed while 39% were unsure. ….
What else did they say?
I believe that national standards have the potential to lead public education in the right direction however I also worry that federally mandated standards removes district and state controls.
In effect, this will take much of the financial responsibility of curricula update and coordination away from the state.
Blazing this trail will not be easy however we have one of the nation’s highest percentages of nationally certified teachers to lead the way.
Generally, teachers are positive about common standards.
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