Education Nation:Common Core aBlueprint for Success
NBC News educationsummit in New York -Education Nation - hasbeen placing thespotlight on educationthis week. Utah's KSLreports that in an effortto improve our nation'seducation system andmake students better prepared for collegeand careers, CommonCore State Standardsare now beingimplemented. "I'mexcited that I'm goingto be teaching my sixthgraders the samethings they are going tobe learning in NewYork, in Florida inCalifornia," said MaryJo Naylor, a 6th gradeteacher at Eagle BayElementary. "Thecritical thing is todaythey need more mathand science skills andthey need to know howto think critically," saidTom Luce, Chairman of the National Math andScience Initiative.More... To watch EducationNation's various paneldiscussions, interviews,and town hall meetingson key issues ineducation, go here.
some movement toward fulfilling the college- and career-ready agendaby putting policies in place to support this new mission, but there are anumber of areas where much more progress can be, and needs to be,made.The major findings from the survey include:
All 50 states and the District of Columbia haveadopted standards aligned to the expectations of college andcareers. Forty-six states and DC have adopted the CommonCore State Standards, while four have state-developed CCRstandards. By 2015-16, all English language arts andmathematics instruction should reflect CCR expectations.
Today, 23 states and the District of Columbia have adopted college- and career-ready graduationrequirements that mandate all students to meet the full set of expectations defined in the CCSS or state-developed CCRstandards. Hawaii, Iowa, and Washington raised their graduationrequirements to the college- and career-ready level in 2011.
Eighteen states currently administer high schoolassessments capable of producing a readiness score thatpostsecondary institutions use to make placement decisions.Four new states - Florida, North Carolina, Oregon, and Wyoming- joined this list in 2011 by adopting a policy to administer acollege- and career-ready test to its high school students. It isexpected that 44 states and the District of Columbia participatingin one or both Race to the Top assessment consortia will meetthe criteria when the next generation assessments areadministered for the first time in 2014-2015.
A majority of states, 32, have now incorporatedat least one of four accountability indicators that Achieve hasidentified as critical to promoting college and career readiness. As in last year's report, only Texas meets Achieve's criteriaregarding the use of all indicators in its college- and career-ready accountability system. Additionally, four states - Florida,Georgia, Indiana, and Kentucky - have included the use of multiple college- and career-ready indicators in their accountability systems in multiple ways.Since last year, states have made important gains on the college- andcareer-ready agenda with all adopting college- and career-readystandards and additional states moving toward more assessments,graduation requirements, and accountability. Even as additionalprogress is made, however, states have further to go to ensure asuccessful implementation of standards and related policies. Statesand the broader group of stakeholders must make sure educators haveaccess to resources like quality instructional materials and effectiveprofessional development through the transition to the new standardsand beyond. Success is going to take the combined effort of all