Today in History: Common Core Is Launched

| June 1, 2018

180601_News_219x365Since its arrival nine years ago, Common Core has greatly impacted the health of our nation’s schools. The standards govern how teachers teach and what students study to master English Language Arts and mathematics. The guidelines are meant to shape pedagogy, but in many cases have damaged its essence — the spirit and structure of teaching and learning. Educators are judged according to the standards achieved by their students, while they are forced to devise new lesson plans, use new textbooks, and even push extra digital products to meet higher expectations. Some may argue that the emphasis on testing is killing the freedom and joy of learning, while complicated disparities in our system and deeper social injustices make it impossible to ever achieve wider educational success. School closings, endemic cheating, unspeakable suicides, more and more assessments …

On June 1st, 2009 the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) initiative was launched, and 48 states signed a memorandum committing to the development of standards. With a series of K-12 standards and assessments in math and ELA, it was designed to create consistency in curriculum and teaching and ensure that all students, are prepared for high school, college, career, and ultimately life. News will feature stories about the Common Core that highlight its history, development and continuing challenges.

The following articles are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.

 

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