What’s in store for Common Core Implementation
We’ll soon know what specific recommendations the state’s Educators Common Core Implementation Task Force will send to Governor Dannel P. Malloy, who established the group in March.
Next Wednesday, June 11, the 25 individuals on the task force will meet at Cromwell High School to address recommendations at what is expected to be their last gathering.
This week, at their June 4 meeting, members of the task force reacted to a draft of their report to their governor. Some of the sections in the report included an executive summary, an overview of the panel’s process, lessons learned, and recommendations. When the group got to the recommendations section of the draft, they had little time left—before their scheduled adjournment—to review and discuss recommendations.
Based on the task force discussion this week, the co-chairs of the task force, along with the governor’s office, are working on a new draft that will soon be circulated to members.
Last month, Mark Watts of Abacus Associates, a public opinion firm, shared the results of a survey of 600 CEA and AFT members who are responsible for implementing the Common Core in their schools.
The survey found that “the issues teachers have with implementing the Common Core are both broad and deep.” Educators are most concerned about the amount of time, support and materials, and professional learning and training opportunities available to them.