Common Core Standards Daily Update // December 16, 2014

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Educators for Higher Standards: “Common Core: Bringing Calm to Classroom Chaos”:Common Core better ensures students transferring from around the country will have the skills to step into a new school without falling behind or relearning material they already covered, says Georgia’s 2014 Teacher of the Year Jemelleh Coes. “The Common Coredoes not teach to the lowest common denominator – it expects that all students can – and should – reach higher academic heights,” Coes writes. She points out states voluntarily signed onto the Standards, and after five years most states continue to use them despite attacks from critics. “The longer students are exposed to the Common Core, the more likely they are to graduate high school prepared for the rigors of either college-level classes or for jumping right into a career.” Coes adds that CCSS does not “mandate we teach in a certain way,” and says teachers have found “more freedom to construct lessons under” the Standards. “Talk of repeal creates confusion and chaos that inhibits students’ academic progress and ultimate success. I implore our legislators to follow the lead of states like Kentucky, New York and Tennessee, and stay the course withCommon Core,” Coes concludes.

What It Means: For military families and others that move regularly, CCSS are especially important to better ensure those children do not fall behind or spend valuable time relearning material they already covered. The Standards create greater congruity across states, helping to ensure where a child grows up or goes to school does not determine the quality of education they have access to. As the Collaborative’s Karen Nussle wroteearlier this year, prior to CCSS “huge variances existed in standards between states, and even between school districts. It didn’t make sense nearly 20 percent of eighth-graders in Massachusetts could perform advanced level math, but only two percent of their peers in Mississippi could.”