Educating the Public About Common Core State Standards

Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic

By IGI Global on Oct 10, 2013
Contributed by Kristen Stauffer, Discipline Manager

“United we stand, divided we fall” is a popular phrase. Recited and invoked from politics to music and everything in between, these few words encompass what some would consider one of the greatest strengths any union can have.
Common Core Mathematics Standards and Implementing Digital Technologies
When it comes to education, many educators, lawmakers, and parents have stressed that some form of unity is needed. Hence the development and existence of the Common Core: a set of education standards built upon what states have already developed, and rolled out across the entire United States.

According to the Common Core State Standards Initiative, “With students, parents and teachers all on the same page and working together for shared goals, we can ensure that students make progress each year and graduate from school prepared to succeed in college and in a modern workforce.” Subscribing to the common core allows for greater analysis of how and what students are learning, and will provide a united, level playing field across the entire country. When families move, students will be able to assimilate easier, parents will know where their children fall into a new school system, and educators will know what that student has already covered.

Forty-five states have already adopted the Common Core State Standards. “In addition to emphasizing analytical thinking and deep learning, they are designed to make sure all students across the country are held to the same criteria. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says the measure is the ‘single greatest thing to happen to public education in America since Brown versus Board of Education.’”(Huffington Post, 2013)

Despite the number of states who have agreed to participate, the Standards are not out of the reach of critics and political discussion. Some argue that the Common Core is doomed to fail given the current “factory-model” of schools (Huffington Post, 2013). Because the Common Core is so strongly supported by the federal government, some Republicans and conservative interest groups are pushing for their states to bow out of the initiative. A recent NPR story also reveals that “62 percent of Americans have never heard of the Common Core”, and that because of this lack of awareness, public opinion has been somewhat quiet on the issue.

Educating the public, in particular parents and communities, about the Common Core Standards is the challenge faced by proponents of the initiative. This education in itself could provide the unity needed to help the Common Core gain the traction and support it needs to continue.

In addition to creating awareness of the Common Core, many educators are examining how technology can be used to help bridge the gap between state lines. “As teachers and educational leaders in the United States continue through the early phases of implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM), there is a need for educators to critically examine how to best support the implementation of both the Grade Level Content Standards and the eight Standards for Mathematical Practice,” states Professor Drew Polly, from the Department of Reading and Elementary Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. “When we consider the potential that educational technologies and technological supports can have on mathematics teaching and learning, it is intuitive that we must consider how to best leverage these resources to support the teaching and learning processes.”

Professor Polly’s recent title Common Core Mathematics Standards and Implementing Digital Technologies is a valuable resource for leaders in the fields of mathematics education and educational technology. This title is also part of the Advances in Educational Technologies and Instructional Design (AETID) book series, a resource where researchers, students, administrators, and educators alike can find the most updated research and theories regarding technology’s integration within education and its effect on teaching as a practice.

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