AASA Statement on Common Core Reports by CEP

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AASA Statement on Common Core Reports by CEP

Alexandria, Va. – Oct. 30, 2014 – Daniel A. Domenech, the executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement today upon the release of the Center on Education Policy’s (CEP) two reports about the Common Core State Standards.

“AASA applauds the work of the Center on Education Policy at the George Washington University for helping us understand the challenges school districts are facing regarding the Common Core State Standards. Reflecting the voices of our school districts, this information provides a barometer in terms of steps necessary to prepare for the new assessments and challenges districts face in implementing them.

“According to the reports, district leaders say they need ‘time and support to maintain momentum’ regarding implementation of the new standards. The findings also observe that ‘CCSS may be setting a new bar for what students are expected to learn in math and ELA, but states and school districts must still make decisions about curriculum and professional development.’

“We’re not surprised by these findings. In a survey we released earlier this year (Common Core and other State Standards, June 2014), our members urged a ‘slow down, get it right’ approach.

“Earlier this month, according to a similar report issued by the CEP, we learned that a majority of respondents welcome Common Core, responding that it’s ‘more rigorous than previous state math and ELA standards and will lead to improved student skills.’ As we mentioned in our responses to that report as well as the 2014 PDK Gallup Poll, this information aligns with what AASA members are saying.

“The new standards present an opportunity to address education inequities. What is critically important is that these districts must be given the necessary state and federal resources to properly train teachers, identify and obtain necessary materials, and implement the online assessments.”

 

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