The Common Core State Standards: One of the more controversial topics in US Education today

common_core2The Common Core State Standards were adopted in 2009 by 48 states to formalize national standards. These included both college and career readiness standards as well as K-12 standards. Equalizing education is not a full-proof process but the Common Core has received negative evaluations from teachers, parents and students. The goal was academic consistency not the formulation of a new curriculum, however strong revisions were imperative for many schools to align with the new model.

The implementation of the Common Core State Standards generated reactions of an overbearing government, trepidation towards new standardized testing, and considerable concern for the implementation of common core practices in the classroom.  One major critique is the K-3 standards as children develop at different rates and in various ways, so this age group is particularly difficult to generalize. This issue flows into all age groups as environment and divergent development will constantly result in some students overachieving and some students underachieving.

The non-conformists coined the term “Obamacore” ironically to protest this national debacle. Oklahoma, Indiana and South Carolina repealed the Common Core and Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana has a strong vendetta against the standards. Due to harsh reactions, revisions and further research will most likely be pursued in the coming years.

While the debate rages on, A-List is doing our part to incorporate the Common Core State Standards into our SAT/ACT curriculum. We’ve even developed a comprehensive Common Core – SAT/ACT Alignment Booklet. The report correlates both the SAT and ACT to the Common Core State Standards, including a general outline of the tests, which provide context with a cross reference to our A-List materials, to assist teachers in engaging in the most effective strategies. The alignment documents list the standards and state whether they align: yes, no or partially.”

By: Catherine Quigley, A-List  Marketing Intern & current UPenn Student

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