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Survey of teachers finds few know much about common core
By Tom Chorneau
A series of focus groups conducted with a variety of teachers on the pending implementation of the common core found a striking number knew very little about the new standards.
A report on the survey released Wednesday by WestEd's Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning raised the growing issue for state officials and district administrators that more outreach and engagement will be needed in the coming months to successfully bring the new standards in math and English language arts into the classroom.
The analysis also showed the clear need for new professional development and curriculum support to help teachers understand the differences between California’s prior standards adopted in 1997 and the new common core.
“Districts must explicitly unpack the two sets of standards, illuminating the gap between them and articulating the expectations under the new standards,” authors of the report said. “If there is to be a successful transition to the new standards, teachers must have appropriate materials and resources, whether they are provided by the district or whether, with the district's blessing, they are identified or developed by the teachers themselves.”
The focus groups, conducted by Belden Russonello Strategists – based in Washington, D.C., were held in Sacramento, San Francisco, and San Diego in October for a variety of teachers from elementary, middle and high schools that also had a range of classroom experience.
Among the findings:
The center also provided recommendations to state officials:
For districts, the center recommends they:
To read more visit: http://www.cftl.org/centerviews/february12.html