Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Common standards draft released

Education Week has a breakdown of the new draft release of the national common core standards, issued today by the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

The draft, EdWeek reporter Catherine Gewertz writes, "is being greeted with a mix of praise and skepticism." On one hand, many people understand that it is desirable to have high expectations of students and that there should truly be a body of knowledge common to all American students. On the other, many are concerned about increased federal intrusion into curricula, which they believe should be state initiatives.

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten is a fan of the new draft. In a press release, she states that, "These standards represent the best effort so far to transform today’s patchwork quilt of 50 sets of state standards into one set of strong, consistent expectations for what all students should know and learn."

The draft document is posted on the CCSSI Web site, and is open for public comment through April 2.

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