Common Core 'Completely Botched,' Union Leader Says

The president of the National Education Association said educators and policymakers need to work together to make the standards work locally.

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The president of the country's largest teachers union, the National Education Association, said in a letter last week that the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) has been "completely botched" in many states.

President Dennis Van Roekel said the NEA doesn't plan to abandon support for the standards but instead seek a "course correction." 

Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have voluntarily adopted the standards, which intend to streamline state curricula through a set of universal specifications so that kids all over the country will be learning the same things.

In the letter, Van Roekel said 70 percent of teachers believe the implementation is going poorly in their schools, and two-thirds said they haven't been asked about implementing them in their classrooms. 

"Imagine that: The very people expected to deliver universal access to high quality standards with high quality instruction have not had the opportunity to share their expertise and advice about how to make CCSS implementation work for all students, educators, and parents," he said in the letter.

Parents across the country have blasted the standards, saying the teachers—not standardized curriculum and benchmarks—know how to best serve local students. 

Van Roekel laid out a seven-point plan to improve implementation of the Common Core, with the first step calling for policymakers to work with educators and gather feedback. You can read his entire letter on the NEA blog

Parents, educators, policymakers—how do you feel the Common Core State Standards are being implemented in your town?  Tell us in the comments, or share your opinion by going to the "Conversations" tab on Patch and writing a post. Contact editor Michael Sewall at michael.sewall@patch.com if you have questions about posting.

Iron Mike March 03, 2014 at 06:52 PM
Common Core Informational Session! Wednesday March 12, 2014 – 6:45p.m. Watertown Public Library 123 Main Street, Watertown MA 02472
John Teets April 22, 2014 at 01:10 PM
COMMON CORE should die. Local standards - local control. IT is a politically left-wing and educationally challenged mess that is more about control than learning. We need inquisitive minds who do more than report on their parents. We need the kids to report instead on teachers who date kids, pervert them, and fail to teach them anything of lasting value.
John Teets April 22, 2014 at 01:14 PM
DynoMutt said - "By the way Mr. Hunt, MLK Jr. espoused hard work and responsibility/accountability and stable families for blacks in the US." Unfortunately, Mr. King (he plagiarized his doctoral thesis) was a serial adulterer just like many young men now - so stable families? Hardly. I agree he said some good things, but a man is better evaluated based upon what he DOES, not based upon what he SAYS. His life spoke so loudly it reallt is hard to take anything he said as authentic. I mean, he even stole the "Dream" speech.
commonsense April 22, 2014 at 05:15 PM
Janine, My cable show is out of Beverly, MA. It is called "What's Happening". We are not yet on Youtube, but coming soon.
commonsense April 22, 2014 at 05:17 PM
We are going to be doing more shows on Common Core soon. For information on CC, look on the Pioneer Institute website. It is very informative and will give you reasons to fight against CC and PARCC testing.


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