Monte Cristo Elementary (Granite Falls, Wash.)
Having been an educator for 30 years now, I have seen many different curricula, teaching styles, and testing that claim to be the “ideal” way to instruct and assess students. Unfortunately, over the past 20 years, these ever-changing standards have only created more gaps in education.
I must admit that when I first heard about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), I again couldn’t help but believe this was another “fad” that would soon fade away to make room for another. Fortunately, I now feel that I may have been very wrong. The Common Core State Standards are just that: standards that reach across each district and state. They are guiding standards that have a depth and breadth to them I have never experienced before in public education.
Common Core goes deeper into fewer topics and focuses on developing students’ deeper understanding of key concepts. The standards build on one another, allowing my students to apply the skills and knowledge they learned in the previous grades to real-life situations.