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Common Core Remedy: Take A Breather To Plan Strategy Before Buying More Technology

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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.

Via: Alliance for Excellent Education: The Nation’s Schools are Stepping Up to Higher Standards and Common Core Standards Initiative

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Miller Guidance
Dec 3, 2012 8:36

I couldn’t agree more. Planning is absolutely integral to the success of any new technology, assessment, or instructional approach.

In my experience, however, it is more than planning. It is “specific” planning for how to insure that the culture changes along with the practices. The targeted areas listed in the article cover the major components of change with one exception. What is missing is a unifying system that ties all of these components together and focuses decisions and resources where there can have the biggest impact on student performance. Without a unifying system, each component operates in a silo. Potential impact is minimized and resources are not used efficiently.

Administrators may need a model to guide this specific planning. To create a unified system, it is necessary to visualize the end result. With such a vision, the components listed above can be articulated to create an efficient and effective educational system.

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