911: Common Core Under Attack

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I’ve been researching and learning about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) since their introduction in June of 2010. Like many Administrators, I was wary about the idea of adding another major change into our lives and to our already stressed system. There is no doubt that change is difficult and that we’ve had a tsunami of it in the last five years - but I honestly believe that the CCSS are a positive step in the right direction.

Key Reasons:

  • Consistent standards will provide appropriate benchmarks for all students, regardless of where they live.
  • These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs. The standards:
    • Are aligned with college and work expectations;
    • Are clear, understandable and consistent;
    • Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;
    • Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards;
    • Are informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society; and
    • Are evidence-based.
  • 47 other States have adopted the CCSS. The resources already available are amazing. The collaboration and the ability to collectively create and build best practice is an exciting opportunity.

Take Action

On March 22, MASSP ran a blog making the membership aware of HS 4276 that would essentially ban the implementation of the Common Core. After hearing initial testimony on the topic, we became increasingly concerned that this legislation actually has some legs. Now we are even more convinced of this. In speaking to a number of legislators they indicate that their phones are “ringing off the hook” from homeschool parents and other advocates against the CCSS. The legislators say they are not hearing from local school personnel on this topic.

It's time to advocate for your students, your school and your district - please contact your local legislator TODAY on this issue. Successful grassroots advocacy also requires you to reach out to staff, parents and your community to ask them to contact legislators as well. It does not have to be a lengthy or elaborate email - just a simple note indicating why you feel that the Common Core State Standards will be beneficial to student learning and what efforts you already have underway for implementation. Looking for a sample letter you can edit? Click here to view a letter. Don't know who your legislators are? Look them up by clicking here.

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