The Utah state core was put in place many, many years ago....about the time that
Lynn Stoddard retired from education.
This controversy is a mostly driven by misinformation. The Feds asked the
States to develop standards that would be applied across the nation with the
goal of raising student standing when compared with other Nations. Governors of
the States (including many Republicans i.e. Jeb Bush) formed committees and
formulated the Common Core. That done the Federal government took the standards
and asked that the States all adopt them which they did. Then the far right
decided that this was a case of the Feds trying to shove standards down our
throats topping it off with the new title: The Commie Core. In point of fact,
the Russians are about the only ones behind us in academic achievement.Now Lynn wants the Governor to make Utah take a "leadership position"
to end Federal overreach. Lynn needs to look at the abysmal results produced
here and realize that the only leadership position we need to take is in raising
the bar for students here by instituting the same standards our competitors do
and letting the districts fill in the "how to" part of the equation.
To "The Real Maverick" the "Utah State Core" is just Common Core
with a different name. The standards are the same, and will require the same
testing.If Utah wants to pull ahead, lets do something totally
novel. Lets stop wasting money on the multiple computer based testing that our
kids have to take, and if you want to make sure they have mastered a subject,
give them 1 test at the end of the year that will allow the kids to show
proficiency.By dumping all of the CBT you will give teachers more
time for teaching and to get to know the abilities of their students. Why
should a teacher depend on a computer test to figure out that your child is not
reading at grade level? Shouldn't the teacher know your child well enough
to see that they are not reading at grade level? The same with math, can't
teachers see when a student has capabilities above grade level?Why
do teachers need a degree and all of their education if they rely on CBT to tell
them what problems their students may have?
I wish I wasn't as cynical as I am on this subject, but to me, this has
little to do with what is best for the student, and more so about an initiative
that was driven my governors to create standard measures across states that has
been hijacked as a states versus federal control over the classroom.Sadly what happened yesterday wreaks of positioning for a Presidential run
more than a since quest to improve opportunities for students.Call
me a cynic.
Question. If you customize it... is it still "Common"?What's the whole advantage of being "common"? Isn't it
that we are all learning the same stuff?If everybody customizes it,
it seems like that defeats the purpose of having a "Common" curriculum
for all schools.
This letter all sounds good but without standards our students are not getting
into the higher education programs that they need. A professor at the U told me
that most of his students have to take the first year of college learning math
and writing skills. They should have had these skills before entering college.
He said that Utah students are many times unprepared for entry into institutions
of higher learning. This is even more pronounced when they go out of state.
Common Core produces standards that are met to keep students on track. Though
not perfect, they give a standard that is expected.
We already have this.It's called the, "Utah State
Core."Honest question, do people really think we've gone
this long without any set standards or evaluations? Then again, I
can't blame anyone for not knowing this. No one ever actually speaks with
those in the trenches every single day. They continue to do a marvelous job
while everyone around them exploits education for their own political gain.