Educators reveal their views on the CCSS

Posted on Friday, 9/13/2013 4:53 PM

Despite pockets of opposition to the Common Core State Standards around the country, the CCSS have plenty of support. For example, the Common Core's website states that organizations such as The Boeing Company, IBM Corporation, Microsoft and Verizon Communications, Inc. all support the standards.

It's teachers, however, who will be using CCSS-aligned materials, such as textbooks and student software, on a daily basis once the standards are fully implemented. As a result, educators and parents may be curious to learn how the nation's instructors feel about the Common Core. Fortunately, the National Education Association has the answers.

Poll reveals support for the CCSS
The NEA recently polled its member educators and learned that more than 75 percent of them support the Common Core. While some respondents had their reservations, others supported them wholeheartedly.

Much of educators' support for the CCSS stems from features that appeal to teachers. For example, 38 percent of respondents applauded the standards' clear guidelines and education goals. At the same time, 27 percent of educators liked that what they teach in their classrooms will be aligned with the Common Core.

"The new standards are a game-changer for the students in our nation's public school system," said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. "Our members embrace the Common Core State Standards' promise - that all students will have the opportunity to learn the skills they need to succeed, regardless of where they live."

Signs of trouble
While many educators are behind the CCSS, that doesn't mean the poll didn't highlight a few problems school districts need to be aware of during the Common Core implementation process.

For instance, teachers in states that have adopted the CCSS have had opportunities to learn about the standards. Unfortunately, of the two-thirds of educators who have, only 26 percent considered the training they received to be helpful.

Meanwhile, only 23 percent of poll respondents believe their school districts are ready to implement the CCSS. This is troubling, as some of these educators teach in high-poverty school systems. Still, with hard work and the appropriate action, educators should be able to ensure students receive the instruction they deserve.

"Our members support the Common Core Standards because they are the right thing to do for our children," said Van Roekel. "We all need to work together - parents, education support professionals, teachers, administrators, communities and elected officials - to make sure we get this right."


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