Today it became official. Superintendent Dorn announced that the state has formally adopted the Common Core Standards for English language arts and math. Just as we are beginning to shift our focus from curriculum alignment to instruction we will once again be experiencing a change in standards. Assessing the new standards will begin in the 2014-15 school year.
“The availability of aligned textbooks and other instructional materials will be significantly increased,” he said. “And, testing costs will be reduced because we’ll have common assessments – not 50 different states designing and administering 50 different tests.”
Students will continue to be assessed on the state's current standards until the change in 2014-15. So, we will continue to prepare them for these assessments while the state begins rolling out the new standards in the 2012-13 school year. Change and more change on the horizon as we are also being told that we need to implement new teacher and principal evaluation programs that use student achievement on these assessments as a component for determining success.
Science and perhaps even social studies will be the next content areas to experience national standards.