Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Embracing the Common Core

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Embracing the Common Core

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After several years of working with the Common Core, teachers appear to be settling in, making major changes in their instruction and largely embracing the new standards, according to a new report.

The Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University surveyed teachers in five states (Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and Nevada) as they prepared students to take the new Common Core-aligned assessments in spring 2015.

Among their findings:

Teachers in the five study states have made major changes in their lesson plans and instructional materials to meet the Common Core.

* Four of five mathematics teachers (82%) and three of four English teachers (72%) said they have changed more than half of their instructional materials in response to the Common Core.

* Seven of eight English teachers (85%) reported increasing writing assignments in which students are expected to use evidence to support their arguments. A similar percentage has increased assigned reading of nonfiction texts.

Despite the additional work, teachers and principals in the five states have largely embraced the new standards. …

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