Despite recent setbacks, CCSS implementation continues in Michigan

Posted on Tuesday, 10/29/2013 5:53 PM

As Michigan adopted the Common Core State Standards June 15, 2010, it was among the first states to embrace the CCSS. However, despite several years' worth of preparation, the Great Lakes State's transition to Common Core-aligned curricula seemed in doubt very recently.

Educational progress comes to a halt
With the beginning on the new fiscal year in Michigan Oct. 1 came a stop to the implementation of the CCSS as educators knew it, MLive.com reported. The Michigan Department of Education was ordered to stop spending money on efforts to make state schools CCSS-ready. Spending would resume with approval from the Michigan Senate.

Michigan lawmakers finally decided to let the implementation process resume Oct. 24, according to news release from the department.

Back on track
As should be expected, supporters of the Common Core in Michigan were excited to see the standards' implementation process resume. State Superintendent Mike Flanagan is among those who were pleased following the senate's decision.

"I'd like to thank House Speaker Jase Bolger and Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville for getting us to the point where we can continue to move forward," said Flanagan in a statement. "To help all our students succeed, our collective work needs to be focused on having rigorous standards; effective and valuable assessments aligned to those standards; and high quality and effective educators."

Gov. Rick Snyder is another Michigan official who supports the CCSS and was happy to see the implementation process resume.

"Michigan students will be better prepared to compete for jobs in our state and beyond as our partners in the legislature took another key step to support the Common Core Standards," said Snyder in a statement.

The impact
Now that the CCSS implementation process has resumed, Michigan educators can return to taking the appropriate steps toward creating a stronger state education system. Whether that means investing in new technology, such as the latest computers and software for students, or classroom resources like updated textbooks, depends on the school.

What is known is that Michigan students who learn according to the CCSS have the potential to become better prepared for college and the workforce. Snyder said that the standards have strong bipartisan backing, as well as support from his state's business community. Such a strong showing of support speaks to the Common Core's potential.

 

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