Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Common Core...One Year Later...Any Progress?

One year ago I posted on the IASL blog about Common Core: College and Career Readiness and School Libraries in the 21st century. My main concern was that I sensed that we were on the path to form two distinct types of schools libraries. This notion inspired the recent IASL digital divide series blog posts.

So I would like to present access to the Library IS the Common Core Wiki that I created in an independent study course at the University of Illinois in the Fall 2013.  I am curious about the Common Core even though it has not been implemented in the school district I work in.  Now as I stay semi informed on CCSS this is what I see.


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What is so common about this? More divisiveness, more opportunities for our digital divide to widen.  I think that if we know both sides of an issue there is hope that we can have discussions that better education for all.

Now I am reflecting on Five Myths About the Common Core State Standards by Robert Rothman published in 2011 to think about how the Common Core has evolved over time.

Myth #1 The Common Core State Standards are a national curriculum.

Myth #2 The Common Core State Standards are an Obama administration initiative.

Myth #3 The Common Core standards represent a modest change from current practice.

Myth #4 States cannot implement the Common Core standards in the current budget climate.

Myth #5 The Common Core State Standards will transform schools.

Also I would suggest reading the January/February 2014 Knowledge Quest issue about expectations of the Librarian's Role in CCSS beyond the Core.

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Be sure to check out Ernie Cox's article in May's American Libraries Knowing What Readers Need: Done right, Common Core teaches texts, not test. A great reminder that we need to focus on unique needs of youth no matter how unique their needs are.