“The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.” -Common Core State Standards Initiative
It will take time to know all the advantages of a Common Core and its effect on education. As always anything new in education is debated until proved. When we pull apart The Common Core Mission Statement we find there are some interesting pros of the Common Core Standards to examine and think about.
- The Common Core Standards will increase the rigor: As stated in the Mission Statement work within the classroom will be “robust and relevant to the real world” and thus students will be better prepared for college and global work success. This increased rigor should lead students to be more prepared for life after high school.
- Better understanding: The Common Core Standards require a clear statement of what, and why students are learning something. Students have a greater sense of purpose behind learning it.
- Internationally Bench-marked: The United States has dropped considerably in educational rankings over the last few decades. The Common Core Standards are internationally bench-marked. This means that our standards will compare to standards of other countries and our ranking should begin to improve.
- Allows states to compare standardized test scores accurately: Each state had their own set of standards and assessments. Making it difficult to accurately compare one state’s results with another state’s results. With Common Core this will no longer be the case.
- Decreases the costs states pay for test development, scoring, and reporting: This is because each state will no longer have to pay to have their unique tests to be developed, costs can be shared.
- Authentic Assessments that allow teachers to monitor: The Common Core Standards assessments will have optional pre-test and progress monitoring tools that teachers can use to find out what a student knows in the moment, so a plan to get them where they need to be can be developed.
7. Thinking answers: On the Common Core Standards assessments: Students must give an answer, state how they arrived at that conclusion, thinking and defending how they arrived at their answer. The Common Core Standards and assessments will cover several skills within each question/learning. This will ultimately lead to better reasoning and problem solving skills.
- Benefit students whose families move continuously: With the Common Core Standards states will share the same set of standards.
- Enhances teacher collaboration: Teachers across the nation will be teaching the same curriculum. Allowing teachers Hawaii to Florida to share their best practices with each other and apply it. Providing the opportunity for meaningful collaboration and professional development as our nation’s education community is all on the same page.
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