What is common core curriculum? I've heard some people say that it is really terrible, but others seem to really like it. Does it require that every student in every grade take the same exact core classes from kindergarten through all of high school? How does it affect testing? I'm a sophomore in high school and I am curious as to how common core could affect me. By the way, I like your blog.
You are likely in the midst of Common Core at your school and you don’t know it since MOST states have adopted it.
All states have standards for teaching, as a way of saying “X grade will know X, X, X, and be able to X, X, X at this level or subject.” All states had their own standardized tests to go with those standards as a form of accountability.
Common Core is a “non government” initiative developed by businessmen and other people with an interest in education make a stab at national standards, so ALL states were learning the same thing at all levels. The government bought into it, and encouraged states to drop their individual standards in favor of Common Core, and even tied bonus funding to do it. The majority of the US bought it. The idea was the a fourth grader in Indiana is learning the same stuff as a fourth grader in New York.
The problem with Common Core is many-fold:
- It isn’t based on educational psychology and how kids actually learn and develop
- It is rigor with no basis for rigor. It’s like, “let’s raise the stakes…BECAUSE WE SHOULD”
- It wasn’t properly piloted before states adopted it
- It wasn’t compared to international benchmarks to see how it would make US children better or worse
- This in favor of LESS government intrusion saw it taking away state’s rights (and in many cases, adopted CC took away unique courses of study in states).
- Common Core was actually incomplete when adopted by many states, leaving out comprehensive standards for science, social studies, and foreign languages.
- The cost with implementing Common Core (new textbooks, test prep materials, new standardized tests) was unprepared for.
Hope this boils it down for you. I’m in Indiana and I don’t like the Common Core. Indiana’s standards were rated higher than the CC, yet republican lawmakers jumped on the train without thinking. A year later, they realized their error, made their OWN standards (which are like CC warmed over), and we’re in limbo as to if they are going to changed into updated versions of our “old” 2006 standards. We don’t even know what the ISTEP or ECAs will look like, and they’re in March, April in May. And those tests are used on school grades and teacher evaluations.