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The Politics of Common Core

There is a growing concern about the Common Core State Standards as it seems to become a political issue over who controls education policy.
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There is a growing concern about the Common Core State Standards as it seems to become a political issue over who controls education policy. The Say No to Common Core website is particularly anti-CCSS. Michelle Malkin's blog series Rotten to the Core is another worth reading. Fordham Institute has a good blog called Common Core Watch and Jim Broadway’s School News Service discusses the politicizing of Common Core here. There is also concern about what literature will or will not be taught, little of which is actually outlined in the CCSS guidelines themselves. A NY Daily News story gives an overview of the literature issue here. However, at its core, the CCSS were developed to ensure that all students graduating high school would be able to take entry level for credit courses in English and math and pass them. It seems fairly straightforward that most people would be in favor of this concept. Information about the alignment of the CCSS and the ACT exam is available on the ACT website. Some good myth v. fact resources are available at the Hunt Institute and Stand For Children. What are your thoughts on Common Core? Leave a comment here.

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The Costs of Common Core

In a recent article, Education Week reviewed ways to trim the cost of implementing the Common Core State standards. Suggestions to limit expenditures include: Moving away from hard-copy textbooks and doing more sharing of online materials. Using computer-administered technology to offer formative assessments. Delivering professional development through a mix of in-person and online instruction.  States, districts, and charter providers must be willing to stop purchasing goods and services from their existing vendors if they don't meet their current needs, and seek out new vendors willing to take advantage of the opportunities the new standards present.  While Atomic Learning agrees that all of the ideas have merit, we offer an additional solution: using a collaborative approach to plan the implementation of the new standards. Atomic TechCore includes: Planning tools for school leaders PD and lesson plans for teachers Lesson assignments for students Creating an efficient plan to implement the standards is the first step to reducing the overall costs of implementation. Atomic Learning has a tool to ensure school leaders and teachers use all resources currently available within their district, and determine which additional resources may be required.   Contact Atomic Learning for additional information about how the Atomic TechCore solution can help you with your implementation plan!