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05/20/14

A Different Way to Implement Common Core

Washington Post (05/20/14) Strauss, Valerie

Of those that criticize the Common Core State Standards, many do not offer alternative solutions. However, Linda Darling-Hammond, the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University and faculty director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, and Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, say the new standards will fail to deliver given that they are being measured by the old accountability system of end-of-year testing. They say the standards cannot be implemented without more adequate and equitable resources for schools and greater investments in professional capacity. Darling-Hammond and Weingarten say the test-and-punish model must be replaced with a support-and-improve model to ensure students receive "curriculum, teaching, and assessment focused on meaningful learning; adequate resources that are spent wisely; and professional capacity, so that teachers and school leaders develop the knowledge and skills they need to teach much more challenging content in much more effective ways."
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