AASA Statement on Common Core Study by CEP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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James Minichello
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jminichello@aasa.org

Alexandria, Va. – Oct. 8, 2014 – Daniel A. Domenech, the executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement today upon the release of “Common Core State Standards in 2014: Districts’ Perceptions, Progress, and Challenges,” a study issued by the Center on Education Policy.

“AASA thanks the Center on Education Policy for providing helpful information reflecting the voices of superintendents regarding CCSS implementation and the challenges faced by educators on all levels to effectively integrate the standards into their curriculum.

“Overall, we see that an overwhelming majority of respondents welcome the Common Core, reporting that it’s ‘more rigorous than their state’s previous math and ELA standards and will lead to improved student skills.’ They also believe a slow-down approach is necessary when it comes to implementation. The survey reported ’90 percent of district leaders cite challenges with having enough time to implement the CCSS before consequences related to student performance on CCSS-aligned assessments take effect.’

“These findings are not surprising. According to our own survey released earlier this year (Common Core and other State Standards, June 2014), nearly all (93 percent) of the respondents replied that the new standards are more challenging than previous standards. They also agreed that ‘state and federal funds are critical to properly train teachers, identify and obtain necessary materials and implement the online assessments.’

“We know that the new standards are better suited for academic success and better geared for college and career readiness than the previous standards. Major changes however do not happen overnight. Districts and schools need the time necessary to properly implement the standards and ensure proper equipment for the assessments.”

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About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.