At last month’s school board meeting, I gave a presentation on the district’s responsibility with regard to the Common Core Standards. This was an attempt to clarify some comments made at the November meeting by members of the public who suggested that the board should simply vote to jettison these standards. I have attached the slides from that presentation for anyone interested in more information.
For those who are interested in how the standards were created and adopted, I would suggest the following links:
Development on the national level: http://www.corestandards.org/about-the-standards/development-process/
Adoption at the state level:
To summarize my thoughts as presented at the board meeting, most of our work during the past few years has focused on how to make learning relevant, engaging, and appropriate for our learners. While the standards we have to use as benchmarks are standardized, we still maintain the autonomy to utilize a variety of instructional and assessment methods to bring the standards to life. Students should ideally have many choices in determining how they demonstrate what they have learned. Our focus has been and will continue to be on the individual learners inhabiting our classroom and on trying to meet those individual needs to help each student become successful. Given just how unique students are in terms of their interests, knowledge, skills, support systems, etc. I applaud the yeoman efforts our teachers make each and every day to help support student learning.
I wish everyone a Happy New Year.