The national common basic standards set out "rigorous" grade level expectations for kindergarten through high school in the fields of mathematics and art of English. The aim of this initiative, which is controlled by the state, in cooperation with the Association of the national leaders and the Council of heads of state schools with & # 39 is to prepare students for college and the workforce.
Common core in mathematics for K-5 focuses on building a strong foundation, which apply to mathematical concepts, procedures and applications. The standards emphasize procedural skills, and conceptual learning. high school standards provide training in mathematics at the secondary level and high school standards emphasize the use of mathematics and statistics to interpret the data in order to college students and were ready.
Common core in English Language Arts focuses on the expectations on the grade level in reading, writing, speaking and listening, language, media and technology.
According to the Institute Thomas B. Fordama in Washington nonprofit think tank based in Washington, which recently released a study that compares the states & # 39; existing standards with common basic standards:
• many countries & # 39; math standards are superior to the overall framework; 12 states & # 39; General standards are close to the nucleus, whereas 39 States & # 39; Standards are clearly inferior.
• 3 states & # 39; (California, Indiana and Washington) standards of Arts in English are clearly superior to the common core; 11 states & # 39; General standards are close to the nucleus, whereas 37 States & # 39; Standards are clearly inferior.
To date, 27 states have adopted common guidelines, including New York, Massachusetts, Washington, Ohio and Michigan.
In particular, Texas, Alaska and Virginia decided not to stick to it. However, it is expected that several more countries adopt national guidelines before the end of August 2, the race for the Obama administration, which allows states to win a share of the points for a reward of $ 3.4 billion.
The debate about the national guidelines in the field of mathematics and art was intense English language.
Supporters point out that the establishment of strict guidelines to ensure uniform access to such education for all students, will prepare students to compete in the global economy, and the government can save by working together on curriculum, assessment and textbooks.
Opponents, on the other hand, argue that the standardization of education minimizes the creativity and critical thinking. Some say that national standards are forcing the state to more stringent existing standards, such as Massachusetts, to lower their targets.
However, most states adopted a common national guidelines, however, signal that the new efforts under the leadership of the state to standardize student skill level expectations must have a reason to try. Only time will tell how it fares in the long run.
-Lilly Golden, author of the blog Examville