In coming years, teachers and administrators throughout the country will be integrating Core Common State Standards into their classrooms. The new standards, adopted by forty-five states and three U.S. territories, will require instructors to teach content material in a way that will help students develop critical thinking and analytic skills so that they can be better prepared for college, the work force, and success in the global economy.
Susan B. Neuman, professor of childhood and literacy education at NYU Steinhardt, moderated an Education Policy Breakfast Series panel discussion in February that brought together Michael Casserly (Council of the Great City Schools), Lucille E. Davy (James B. Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy), and Roger Benjamin (Council for Aid to Education) to discuss the challenges schools will face in implementing and evaluating the Common Core State Standards.
In his presentation, Casserly noted that the Council of Great City Schools has long been an advocate for shared standards and is currently assisting districts in developing tools to implement the standards. Davy shared information about the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortiums (SBAC), partnerships funded by the U.S. Department of Education to assess student achievement and teacher effectiveness.
In closing Benjamin reminded the audience that the task at hand – creating standards to educate the nation’s students – is one of great urgency.
“It is important for a nation’s work force to stay at the top of the new product innovation cycle, which is where the highest economic value occurs,” Benjamin said. “The K through 16 education system is the only thing we’ve got to improve human capital.”
Photo (left to right): Susan B. Neuman, Michael Casserly, Lucille E. Davy, and Richard Benjamin. Credit: Debra Weinstein, NYU Steinhardt.