Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Common Core Changes?

Here is a link to an editorial in the Casper Star-Tribune on possible legislative changes to the State Board initiative to improve the Wyoming state Standards. The State Board is hearing comments toward adopting the Common Core Standards as part of the Wyoming state Standards in November. While the increased rigor the Common Core brings will certainly have districts working hard to help their students improve, I believe it is important to keep looking at getting better. One of the issues in the past with No Child Left Behind legislation was that states were allowed to create their own standards and assessments and were then compared on proficiency rates. Although NAEP provided a comparative measure, schools and teachers did not have criteria (other than sample questions) on which the assessment was based. The Common Core will provide districts and teachers a roadmap to higher levels of success.