Do Common Core Standards “dumb down” learning? Do they stifle teachers’ creativity and independence? Are they a low ceiling straight jacket for teachers? Are “bubble tests” poor tests? Are Standards unfair for traditionally underperforming students?
This book Standards Matter helps the reader see that the Common Core simply guide high level achievement for all students, invite teacher innovation and creativity, and make school a collaborative and more exciting place of high level learning. State tests include varied writing, and test for idea understanding, asking students to analyze and make decisions based on evidence. This book sheds light on the excellent guides to help each child learn. Common Core Standards are an opportunity to develop high quality common learning nationally. We must seize this chance to raise the bar in American education.