Report reveals thousands of teachers' views on the CCSS

Posted on Friday, 10/4/2013 5:57 PM

There is no denying the controversy surrounding the Common Core State Standards. However, parents and educators need to be careful not to let what opponents are saying about the CCSS negatively affect their own views on the standards.

If people feel as though they are only hearing the opinions of a few, it may be time for them to see what a larger sample of educators think about the CCSS. Fortunately, Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have released the results of a survey of 20,000 public school teachers. Their responses, which are featured in the "Primary Sources: America's Teachers on Teaching in an Era of Change" report, provide a glimpse into how the nation's instructors feel.

Aware and ready
Although the CCSS have been in existence for several years now, there are those who still don't fully understand what they are or will mean for students. Among the survey respondents, however, 97 percent of them said they are aware of the Common Core. In addition, 100 percent of educators in the 46 states that have adopted the standards are in the process of implementing them.

Many of the teachers are realistic and understand that the transition to the CCSS will provide its fair share of challenges. In fact, 73 percent of instructors said the implementation process is or will be challenging. At the same time, 74 percent of respondents are aware that their approach to teaching may go through some changes.

Positive opinions
Despite the challenging nature of transitioning to a new set of standards, 73 percent of educators are enthusiastic about the Common Core. In states that have adopted the standards, 57 percent of teachers believe the CCSS will have a positive effect on students.

"I see teachers' real experiences in the Primary Sources findings about the Common Core State Standards," said Naima Lilly, a mathematics teacher in New York City, in a press release. "I believe the standards are holding students and teachers to higher expectations and providing consistency in a positive way. While implementation can be daunting at the beginning, I'm confident that in the long run it will all be worth it."

No matter how teachers feel about the CCSS, they need to make sure they are taking the proper steps to ensure their students are ready to learn according to the standards. This could mean everything from receiving professional development to investing in new classroom resources, such as updated textbooks, new computers and software for students.


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