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Do we really want to change standards again? PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Editor:

This letter is in response to last week’s letter, titled “Resist government control of education.”

The writer piqued my curiosity about the process for making and implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). So I went to my search engine and typed in “Who wrote the Common Core State Standards?”

This process started in 2008. At this time, the No Child Left Behind initiative left it up to the states to develop standards for education. Wisconsin did this. Academic standards varied widely from state to state.

The Common Core idea originated with the National Governors’ Association. A member of this association proposed an initiative to develop an internationally competitive education system. A task force was developed and a report was published, “Benchmarking for Success: Ensuring U.S. Students Receive a World-Class Education.”

The thought behind Common Core was that the performance of students from different states could be compared nationally because the educational standards would be the same. The process of developing the CCSS started.

Involved in the development of the CCSS were Achieve, “an independent, nonpartisan nonprofit education-reform organization;” a committee from the National Governors’ Association; and the Council of Chief State School Officers, “a nonpartisan, nationwide nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states.”

Then input was sought from the International Reading Association, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and members of both the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association.

Next, according to “The History of Common Core State Standards” in U.S. News and World Report, “Each draft of the standards was posted online for the public to view. After the final draft was published, Dane Linn says, the organizations allowed ‘anyone and everyone’ to submit comments, questions and concerns. They received more than 10,000 responses.”

This process took four-plus years and received input from countless individuals. I am wondering which standards last week’s letter writer would want changed? Did he give input when the standards were being drafted?

One issue that I have not addressed is the time and taxpayer cost to change the curriculum, objectives, goals, benchmarks, texts, assessments and teacher materials that have recently been changed to align with the CCSS.

Changing from one set of standards to another is a long and complex process of developing assessments, curriculum, training, etc. This takes time and money. Do the taxpayers want to make this investment again?

Barb Neddo

Eagle River

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 12:07 PM


-2 #1 2014-03-12 15:56
It's rather simple Barb. the Far Right Fringe doesn't deal in reality but rather in loose, fictitious talking points designed to scare people. CC's roots go even deeper than that Barb and can be seen as early as the Reagan administration. The majority of the teachers across the country understand what CC is and how it can help children. The one area that is of concern for teachers is the tests being somehow tied to salary and compensation. We have already seen here at Pines what administrators have been doing to staff, driving morale down, bullying teachers, picking favorites and more to the point many are looking for other employment. Record numbers of positions are being slashed, salaries cut all the while incompetent administrators get yearly raises. Other countries involve their teachers and make them part of the conversation to see what works and what doesn't. CC has attempted to do just that. Too bad our school board and administrators do the opposite.

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