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School principals beg for help with Common Core

By Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor, @eSN_Meris
January 21st, 2014

New national survey shows principals feel unprepared for successful implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

principals-school-common coreIt’s no surprise that schools across the country are gearing up for implementation of Common Core, with many teachers and school principals fully aware of what the standards encompass. However, according to a new national survey, knowing Common Core is easy…but sustaining the new standards over time? Not so much.

The survey, “Leadership for the Common Core,” developed by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), polled 1,000 principals in 14 states that have adopted CCSS. According to the survey, more than 80 percent of principals “overwhelmingly support the CCSS initiative and have a strong willingness to continue to engage deeply in instructional leadership activities as states move forward.”

100 percent principals are also “familiar with the standards and curricular changes” that must accompany CCSS, and most had received “some level of professional development (PD) to lead teachers, families and students” through the Common Core transition.

Yet, despite their enthusiasm, over 70 percent of principals surveyed said they lacked the “necessary preparation to lead and sustain the vision of CCSS over the long term.”

(Next page: Long term doesn’t look good)