The new Common Core standards — an initiative that seeks to bring diverse state curricula into alignment with each other by following standards-based education reform — cannot drive real, widespread improvement unless they are coupled with a push to redesign how schools actually work for students and teachers.
The Common Core Standards are an initiative that seeks to bring diverse state curricula into alignment with each other by following standards-based education reform. According to the authors, “Nowhere is the need for redesign [of how schools work] greater or more urgent than in American high schools. In the context of the Common Core, high schools will be charged with educating all students to achieve much higher levels of skill and knowledge, a monumental challenge. At the same time, high schools will continue to be responsible for meeting the learning needs of large numbers of students who enter ninth grade performing significantly below grade level. To meet that dual demand, schools will need to do two things simultaneously: accelerate all students’ learning to reach higher levels and use recuperative strategies to help underprepared students catch up” (p.1-2). (Abstractor: Author)