The state’s Educators Common Core Implementation Task Force is expected to approve final recommendations this afternoon and then forward them to Governor Dannel P. Malloy. The group is working to improve implementation of the CCSS across the state. The education community is hopeful that the recommendations will address issues teachers have brought to the forefront, including the amount of time, support and materials, and professional learning and training opportunities available to them.
Many have spoken out about the rollout needing more time, and today the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation joined the chorus. The Foundation called for a two-year moratorium on states’ making decisions based on tests aligned with the new standards.
The National Education Association, the country’s largest teachers’ union, welcomed the Gates Foundation’s letter on the standards. “We absolutely need more time not only in using them in high-stakes decisions about teachers, but in using them in high-stakes decisions about students, too,” said Becky Pringle, secretary-treasurer of the association.
Read today’s NY Times story Delay Urged on Actions Tied to Tests by Schools.