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.


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.


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.