The common core state standards

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Date: November-December 2014
From: Childhood Education(Vol. 90, Issue 6)
Publisher: Association for Childhood Education International
Document Type: Essay
Length: 3,193 words
Lexile Measure: 1310L

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In the United States, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were developed by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers and endorsed by the American Federation of Teachers. They have now been adopted by 46 states and the District of Columbia. These new standards are the source of controversy and some conflict for teachers and parents; thus, it is a timely topic of interest.

THE COMMON CORE. Krashen, S. Knowledge Quest, 2014, (42)3, 36-45. This author debates the real issue of whether the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are even necessary and/or beneficial to students, particularly in light of the money that will need to be spent on infrastructure to conform to these standards. In his opinion, the only real outcome of the standards will be "to profit a small group of the elite, the .01 percent, at taxpayer expense--a classic case of 'take from the needy, give to the greedy' " (p. 36). The author believes many problems in our schools stem from the problem of poverty, and he notes that when studies hold constant for the "effects of poverty, our students rank near the top of the world" (p. 36). He does not believe there is evidence that developing national standards will facilitate student learning. While he is not against some testing, he does advocate against the amount of testing that is called for in the CCSS. His discussion of student learning touches on poverty, food insecurity, lack of health care, lack of access to books, and the effect of poor libraries. He also addresses spending relative to the CCSS, explaining his belief that the testing and computer industries will profit the most. He further addresses the nature of the standards and what he considers the likely outcome that language arts will be mostly achieved through expository instruction with little time for children to read for leisure or according to their own interests. A pivotal point he makes in closing is that if we are to hold the CCSS in high esteem, experimental and descriptive studies of groups of students must be conducted for evaluation purposes. This is a very interesting, introductory article for those who want to understand the debate surrounding the CCSS.

THE COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS: Caution and Opportunity for Early Childhood Education. The National Association for the Education of Young Children, 2012,1-11. This article informs readers about the debate regarding the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as applied to young children just entering elementary school. As the CCSS were developed to ensure college and career-ready students irrespective of whether they lived in the United States, it was primarily a policymakers' attempt to devise the knowledge and skills expected for each grade level as students progress through schooling toward high school graduation. At present, the CCSS focus is on language arts and mathematics.

The article uses four essential themes as a framework to promote further dialogue on the issues surrounding the CCSS. The first theme stresses that standards for early...

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