I wanted to let you know about an important announcement Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made last week.
As you know, in a speech that I gave April 30, the AFT called for a moratorium on the high-stakes consequences of the Common Core assessments to give teachers and school districts time to properly implement the new higher standards. As a result of that speech and literally thousands of letters sent by you-our members and activists-in support of putting a brake on the stakes, the secretary said he listened and will allow states to request additional time before using the outcome of new assessments based on the new standards.
This announcement acknowledges that implementing the standards requires resources, aligned curriculum, time and professional development to support great instruction to help all kids succeed. We hope that this delay on the high-stakes consequences of testing will give states the space to do a better job implementing the standards. It is now up to the state education chiefs to take advantage of the delay, and work actively with teachers and engage parents to ensure the rollout of the standards is successful.