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Common Core aims to help struggling schools raise the quality of instruction

TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2012 16:03 PM

Once schools fully implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), students will receive classroom lessons that are understandable, consistent, evidence-based and aligned with college and work expectations, according to the CCSS’ website.

In school districts that have continuously delivered a high quality of education, the transition to the CCSS may not be very drastic. For other institutions, however, the Common Core cannot come soon enough. The Baltimore Sun recently highlighted a few schools within the Baltimore City Public Schools system that have problems regarding the quality of their instruction.

Based on an evaluation of teachers’ methods of instruction, the work students were doing at Forest Park High School was not up to par with state expectations. This was the result of instructors passing pupils simply for the sake of graduating them, rather than in recognition of all they had learned.

This is the type of problem the CCSS was designed to rectify. Rather than asking students to memorize mathematical formulas so they can simply pass a test, the Standards will ensure that pupils have a firm understanding of the material at hand before they finish the academic year.