Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

True Support for Common Core: Schools Need More Than a Checklist Approach to the New Standards

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

True Support for Common Core: Schools Need More Than a Checklist Approach to the New Standards

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I HAVE JUST returned from ISTE 2013, where everything is aligned to the Common Core, even the tables and chairs.

Okay, maybe not the furniture. But in my 25-plus years in ed tech, I haven't seen this kind of mania-not even iPad mania. The frenzy reminds me, a bit, of the state standards movement in the '90s, where every product and lesson plan had to show how it was aligned to "the standards."

The difference between the old and new world orders, however, is that the CCSS kicks the performance requirements up a whole new level. The new standards are challenging and complex in ways that prior iterations of academic standards were not.

Which means that teachers need tools and resources that will help them and their students master these new standards. I have a concern about the ubiquitous claim of "CCSS aligned." What does that really mean? During the state standards movement, proof of alignment turned into a checklist. Third-grade language arts standard 3.2.a? Check! How well does it align to the standard? Well, that's for the teacher to figure out. …

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