Common Core State Standards For America 's Education System Essay

739 Words May 4th, 2016 3 Pages
Common Core State Standards (or CCSS) have presented themselves as the cure for America 's education system. The standards do raise the bar for students, but at what cost? There are very many children and young adults that can’t keep up with those demands for one reason or another.

Common Core State Standards will not help more students than previous methods because it only focuses on ideal learning conditions. This is evident when looking at the English language arts (ELA) standards and mathematics standards. However, another topic that should be explored is the testing system, and how it fails to address the issue of different learning preferences. Firstly, a look at the ELA standards.

The ELA standards for CCSS provide a few guidelines that need to be followed. The guidelines tell teachers what should be taught and when to teach it. What this means is that CCSS is so intense that it allows very little time for students to read or learn anything outside of the standards. (Krashen, 40) When combining this statement with a study that indicates that “... although teachers felt prepared to use the CCSS, they were not as confident with particular groups of students, such as those with disabilities and those whose first language is not English” (Burks, et al., 256) it is easy to see how some students will not be able to keep up with the rigorous standards set forth by the CCSS. There are many other students in different situations that could also perform poorly.…

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