The United States is no longer the leader in K-12 education. Many reasons have been given to explain why the United States has fallen behind many other countries including Finland, Russia, S. Korea, Singapore, and China. However, the fundamental problem has not been addressed effectively.
For years now, research-based findings have shown teacher quality is the single most important factor that can improve the quality of the nation’s K-12 education significantly.
45 states have responded to the K-12 education crisis by adapting a new curriculum, the Common Core. Changes of curriculum and student assessments in response to poor K-12 education quality are not new in the United States. What is new is the strong believe that it will work.
The hope is that this time the process will produce the desired results. There is also a very high probability that the policy-makers and educators will be disappointed. Unless the issue of teacher quality [http://www.nctg.org/teacherPrep] is addressed, the introduction of the Common Core and new assessments may simply be another educational experiment and waste of resources.