I have read a few articles in the last week that have bashed the switch to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The typical criticisms include that the CCSS are too much of a one-size-fits-all approach, that the CCSS put too much emphasis on high-stakes testing and that student readiness levels are inadequate. Here in Illinois, teachers are feeling the push towards a higher standard and the consequence of how student achievement is going to be measured against our own evaluations.
I am feeling the pressure as much as anyone. Special education students don’t make typical amounts of yearly progress as a rule. I am not a tenured faculty member anywhere. The stress of what all of this means has not been lost on me.
Knowing all of this, I am writing in defense of the Common Core.