Thursday, October 08, 2009

Neither of these things are True


Known as the “Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI),” the goal of this state-led initiative is to develop common standards in reading/writing/listening/speaking and mathematics for grades K-12.


The National Governors Association (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) convened a state-led process to develop common core state standards in English language arts and mathematics.

They produced reading/writing/listening/speaking standards, but that is not the goal of the initiative.


In mid-September, CCSSI released a “public draft” of end-of-high-school standards in those two subjects, and asked for comments within thirty days. Further revisions will doubtless follow. Meanwhile, drafting teams are beginning to “backward map” the standards down through earlier grades.

Nowhere are these referred to as "end-of-high-school standards. They are "college- and career-readiness" standards. Whatever that means.

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