Controversy sells, which is why so many media outlets focus on the negative when it comes to the Common Core State Standards. While not everybody has to support the CCSS or believe in their positive educational impact, people need to be careful not to let Common Core opponents and the media attention they receive drown out all the good that can come from the standards’ implementation.
For example, parents may not realize it, but a number of organizations have come out in support of the CCSS. Here are a few that believe in the standards’ potential:
Formerly known as the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the ASCD very much believes in the CCSS. According to the ASCD’s website, the organization is currently helping states and school districts during the Common Core implementation process. The ASCD is accomplishing this with help from another organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which provided it with support in the form of a $3 million grant.
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Mathematics is one of the two main focus areas of the CCSS, with English language arts being the other. For this reason, math-focused organizations like the NCTM stand behind the Common Core. According to the council’s website, the standards provide an “unprecedented opportunity for systematic improvement in mathematics education in the United States.” For this reason, the NCTM is dedicated to ensuring educators understand the CCSS.
The International Society for Technology in Education
Classroom technology will become more prevalent as schools work toward implementing the CCSS, so it makes sense that the ISTE would embrace the Common Core. However, the society recommends schools also adopt its technology standards so the CCSS will be even more effective.
“The price tag on the technology infrastructure needed to implement the Common Core is high – in the billions of dollars,” said Brian Lewis, the ISTE’s chief executive officer, as quoted by the society’s website. “It’s critical that schools and districts leverage that investment to improve learning outcomes for students. For that to happen, educators and students must have a firm foundation in the skills required to be digital teachers and learners.”
With far too many individuals entering the workforce without having earned a high school diploma, it’s only natural for many of the nation’s largest businesses to want to raise student achievement levels. Accenture, The Boeing Company, Dell Inc., Harper Industries, Inc., IBM Corporation, Microsoft, State Farm Insurance and Verizon Communications, Inc. are among the organizations that support the full implementation of the CCSS, according to the Common Core’s website.
Of course, these are just a few of the many organizations committed to ensuring states embrace the CCSS for the benefit of all students. Although it’s likely the standards will face opposition in the immediate future, parents should know that there is support for the Common Core beyond those negative news stories.
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