Common Core State Standards Initiative Essay

982 Words Jul 31st, 2015 4 Pages
Common Core is a state standards initiative developed with the purpose of preparing America’s students for college and career (Common Core State Standards Initiative, 2015). The Common Core Preamble states,” The Common Core State Standards define the rigorous skills and knowledge in English Language Arts and Mathematics that need to be effectively taught and learned for students to be ready to succeed academically in credit-bearing, college-entry courses and in workforce training programs” (Common Core State Standards Initiative, 2015). Common Core boasts that in May 2009 they began by creating the college and career ready standards through a process of backtracking from skills sought in universities to kindergarten. Common Core State Standards Initiative also state that currently the common core curriculum has been voluntarily adopted by 43 states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity(DoDEA), Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands. However, while no organization has been forced to adopt the standards the Federal Government provides incentive points for adopting the standards when applying for Race to the Top Funds (Bomer & Maloch, 2011). In spite of wide spread adoption of the standards and four years of implementation, the Common Core Standards remain controversial both in and out of the educational community. One of a multitude of concerns for educators and parents is the question of the developmental…

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