By Eleni Glader, Policy Editor
Is there a cure for the administration of the Common Core? Taking time to plan a good strategy is a big help before making technology purchases.
Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and computer-based assessments were introduced to improve student achievement across states and to better prepare students for college. Some studies and experts say only 25% of high school graduates are ready for college.
Technology and digital learning are integral to the successful implementation of CCSS. But the Alliance for Excellent Education thinks school districts ought to “stop and take a deep breath before buying more technology” and first develop a strategy.
Each district has its own unique set of circumstances and needs. While technology and digital learning are solutions, in order to utilize them to their full potential, planning in these areas is needed:
- Professional learning (training for teachers, professional development)
- Use of time (flipped classroom?)
- Curriculum and instruction (individualized via technology & digital learning)
- Academic supports
- Budget and resources (open source educational resources are a viable solution)
- Data and assessment
- Technology and infrastructure
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
CCSS focuses on mathematics and the english language arts, which includes reading, writing, listening, speaking and use of media and technology.
CCSS adoption has created some controversy. Some think it is a recipe for mediocrity and will therefore hold back high-achieving districts. Despite this criticism, all but fives states (Alaska, Minnesota, Nebraska, Texas and Virginia) adopted the standards.
We welcome comments and testimonials below about what smart districts are doing to implement the CCSS and what technologies and purchases they find most helpful. We also welcome a discussion about what additional recommendations or standards should be in place as states implement the CCSS.