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Jerry P. Becker

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Outlook for Common Core: Turmoil Ahead
Posted: Dec 11, 2012 7:12 PM
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From Diane Ravitch's Blog [A site to discuss
better education for all], Tuesday, December 11,
2012. See
http://dianeravitch.net/2012/12/11/outlook-for-connecticut-and-common-core-turmoil-ahead/
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Outlook for Common Core: Turmoil Ahead

Researchers usually find that students flourish
where there is stability in the school, with an
experienced staff, clear expectations, small
classes, and a rich curriculum.

In Kentucky, first state to implement and test
the Common Core, student scores fell and
achievement gaps widened. [See
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_edwatch/2012/11/many_achievement_gaps_grow_on_kentuckys_new_common_core_tests.html
]

This teacher in Connecticut foresees rough
weather ahead as the state and federal government
launch a massive experiment:

I wonder about the impact specifically in
Connecticut where we are rolling out a new
comprehensive teacher evaluation system at the
same time [as Common Core]Š.so we have teachers
learning new standards, possibly new curriculum,
new evaluation processes, new observational
rubrics for lessons, teaching and then setting
learning goals based on results of one type of
test in 2014, and then another online, common
core test in 2015Šhow many schools will fail? How
many teachers will not make gains with their
students? How many will be fired? How many
schools will be taken over? How will the students
handle all the stress and change in the schools?
It sounds to me like a lot of people will benefit
- private companies waiting to take over schools,
publishers, trainers, RESCS, but the hands-down,
biggest loser will be the students. It is going
to be a rough ride in Connecticut for a few years
as this experiment unfolds.

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Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
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Phone: (618) 453-4241 [O]
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E-mail: jbecker@siu.edu



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