Posts tagged "common standards"
August 9, 2010
What will national standards mean for New York City’s classrooms?
For the past few weeks, groups of principals, teachers and staff members have been gathering with their school networks to begin answering that question.
Last week, a large group of principals, assistant principals and teachers met in the cafeteria of P.S. 129 in Flushing, Queens. They came in teams of three from each school in a Children’s First Network led by Diane Foley.
The state won’t begin to use the core standards to test students until 2014.
But, as Foley and her staff reminded principals, the first group of students who will take the new exams — 2014′s fourth-graders — are entering kindergarten this fall. Foley’s goal was to nudge schools towards the core standards by helping them think of small changes they can make immediately.
“Let’s find one or two things that schools can do this year,” Foley said. “It’s about the little tiny steps you can take.” (more…)
July 23, 2010
Common standards have only just arrived on the national scene, but they are already making their way to the city’s schools.
On Monday, New York State officially committed to adopt national “common core” standards for what students should be expected to learn, which were released in their final form in June. But city officials have been laying the groundwork to introduce the standards to schools since May, and principals and some teachers started getting their feet wet this week.
That doesn’t mean that students will begin to see drastic changes in the lessons they’re taught and the tests they take this year, however. Instead, city officials said this week that their plan is to use next school year to let network leaders, principals and teachers determine how far their current teaching is from the new bar and figure out the best way forward.
By doing so, they’re hoping that schools can avoid the kind of nasty shock that comes from abrupt changes to testing standards that state officials are warning will happen this year as the state makes its tests more difficult to pass.
“What we want networks to do is help schools figure out what their entry point is,” said Josh Thomases, the city’s deputy chief schools officer. “Some schools may need to wade in; some schools will just need to dip their toes in.” (more…)
We know about the skills vs. knowledge debate going on as the national — sorry common — standards drumbeat gathers momentum. Here’s another question the authors of the draft standards out today raise: Does the workplace really demand the same knowledge and skills as college?
The report today draws on interviews with industry types and college professors. And it concludes that in most cases, what you need to, say, make the dean’s list and what you need to keep your job are pretty much the same. An example: (more…)