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NEA increases its support for the CCSS

WEDNESDAY, JULY 03, 2013 09:02 AM

The National Education Association (NEA), a professional organization comprised of educators at all levels, supports the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). According to the NEA's website, the Association believes the CCSS could provide teachers with more manageable curriculum goals, which, in turn, can help students.

While the NEA has always supported the CCSS, it has never been the Standards' most vocal supporter, Education Week reported. However, in a time when opposition to the Common Core is becoming louder, there is evidence that the typically risk-averse NEA will make its thoughts on the CCSS better known.

"We said we thought teachers had to be involved in the development of the Common Core, and I think it shows when you look at the Standards," Dennis Van Roekel, president of the NEA, told the news source. "There's a smaller number of them. They're clearly stated. And they ask students to learn things that can't be demonstrated on a simple bubble test."

In a recent post on its website, the NEA made its feelings on the Common Core clear, and revealed that the CCSS will be a focus at the NEA Representative Assembly, which is currently running in Atlanta, Ga., and will conclude July 6.