Common Core State Standards Debate

             For the Common Core Standard Debate, I worked with Danni to argue the negative case (common core state standards are good). 
                   Hello my name is Allison Whitney and working with me today is my associate Danni Sandall. This topic is very significant to the current state of the American education system and we are excited for the opportunity to debate this topic.
                It is our goal to show how Chief States School Officers have not overstepped their authority in developing and recommending the Common Core State Standards for U. S. Schools and that there is no need to change the direction of the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
               To begin with, these Common Core Standards are internationally benchmarked, meaning they compare favorably to the standards set by other countries. Recent U.S. educational rankings have fallen considerably when compared to the rest of the world and by introducing a set of standards that more closely compare to other countries; we should see improvement in our world educational ranking.
               The Common Core State Standards are more rigorous than many of the state standards that are currently in place. These standards are also the same across the nation, opposed to the current standards that vary state to state. This means that we will see increased rigor in every classroom across the country, regardless of location or income level. These standards will go a long way in challenging all students and help to close opportunity and achievement gaps. Equity in the quality of education can lead to opportunities to attend to college for students who would have previously struggled.
               As these rigorous standards are put in place in the classroom, achievement of students is going to be more accurately monitored. First of all, the Common Core State Standards Assessment allows for progress monitoring, meaning that teachers will have at their disposal, several tool to help determine what a student knows, where they are going, and to construct educational plans to get them there. There is more accountability throughout the academic year for students to meet standards, as well as the ability for teachers to compare a students’ progress to themselves rather than putting one students’ achievement against another’s. Although standardized tests will still be required for students to graduate, each student across the nation is being help to the same standards, therefore tests will be a more accurate depiction of educational achievement.
                              Lastly, the Common Core allows teachers to take charge of how they will meet individual students’ needs while providing them with the framework to address what curriculum should cover at each grade level. Teachers are able to focus on concepts that should be taught at their grade level, instead of backtracking and teaching what should have been learned in previous grades. There is the ability for teachers to choose how to teach each standard, addressing learning in a way that best meets the needs of the students. This freedom combined with the rigorous standards put forth by the Common Core State Standards, will lead to more academic success for students.
     In conclusion, adopting the Common Core State Standards is a positive step towards improving education in the United States. The Common Core implemented correctly into classrooms will be the best way to individualize academic materials to all learners and hold those learners to a higher academic standard.

References:

http://www.washingtonpolicy.org/publications/notes/why-common-core-bad-america

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/eight-problems-with-common-core-standards/2012/08/21/821b300a-e4e7-11e1-8f62-58260e3940a0_blog.html

http://teaching.about.com/od/assess/f/What-Are-Some-Pros-And-Cons-Of-The-Common-Core-Standards.htm

http://neatoday.org/2013/05/10/six-ways-the-common-core-is-good-for-students/

http://www.corestandards.org/about-the-standards/myths-vs-facts/