Are the Common Core Learning Standards -CCLS finally giving way to public pressure? Not merely public at large but a collective voice from educators, education policy makers, parents and activists? The American Federation of Teachers is disbursing $30,000 grant for a teacher-led task force in NY & Connecticut to review the standards. How often does that happen in ed policy?
The task force is charged with:
- critiquing the ELA & Math curricular resources that accompany the rollout of the standards
- evaluating the state’s process for developing standardized tests
- assessing how the efficacy of professional development and other supports for teachers as they implement the standards for special populations ( ELLs, IEPs etc.)
“Teachers have not had enough time to fully understand the standards and develop curriculum, and it’s been especially difficult for teachers with special education students and English language learners,” says AFT Connecticut President Melodie Peters.
The question is to what extent will the voices of the task force be addressed? Is this but an appeasement strategy so it can be said ” Sure, teachers and practitioners were involved in the implementation, their opinions were substantially incorporated into what the process looks like today.” At the close of the six-month grant, the reviews will be shared with policymakers, state legislature and parent -led advocacy groups.
See the AFT Press Release for more details.