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A Parent Letter on Common Core

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  1. There is just so much wrong with this I hardly know where to start. First, the exemplars in Appendix B are just that: exemplars, aka examples. Second, Common Core didn’t come from Washington. National Governors Association and the CCSSO. People, do your homework! Third, yes, kids in high school will be reading more non-fiction. Why? College and career readiness. How much fiction do you get to read in your job? Have you checked out reading levels for some jobs recently? Fourth, hours and pace of learning. Really? Rigor has nothing to do with the number of hours. Nothing. If the state educators think that, you’ve got different troubles and that has nothing to do with Common Core.

    Common Core, designed by teams of educators in concert with the National Governors Association and CCSSO, is about student proficiency and freeing teachers to teach well, with strong instructional practices.

    Yes, I work with an agency that helps educators figure out and implement common core shifts. And time and time and time again I hear veteran teachers muse how Common Core reminds them of how they used to get to teach. Yea, before NCLB.