States having problems with Common Core standards

For example, though many states plan major changes to their assessments, curriculum materials, professional development, and teacher evaluation in adopting the new state standards, many of these changes are years away from being realized: 23 of the 32 states that plan to require school districts to adopt the Common Core standards do not expect to implement these requirements fully until 2013 or later.

The survey also found that states lack solid plans to coordinate with higher education on linking college admission requirements or curriculum to the common standards. Just seven states plan to align first-year undergraduate core curriculum with the standards, while 26 states did not know if this change would be implemented and three said it would not.

What’s more, 24 states did not know if their undergraduate admissions requirements would be aligned to the standards, while eight said they would and four said they would not.

These numbers are disheartening, considering that a main goal of the Common Core state standards is to ensure that high school graduates have the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in college and careers, CEP said.

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“Accomplishing this goal will require coordination between the elementary, secondary, and higher-education systems,” said the report.

Although most adopting states will require their school districts to implement the standards, the majority are not requiring districts to change their curriculum and teacher programs to support, or complement, this requirement.

Why the trouble?

Though getting the majority of states to adopt a common set of rigorous standards might seem like the hardest hurdle, realizing the implementation in an effective, sustainable plan will be the hardest part, CEP speculates.

“It is disappointing to learn that major changes will not occur for several years, but this is probably due to the enormity of the task and the lack of new funds,” said Jack Jennings, CEP’s president and CEO.

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