By: Krystle Crossman
Full implementation of the Common Core standards are underway and those who had vehemently supported the standards before are becoming more and more quiet as the year progresses. The Common Core is a set of standards that looks to equalize the education of the basic math and reading skills that every student should have. It sets a standard for what they should have learned by the end of each grade so that schools are consistent with one another in an effort to help students succeed. The implementation has not gone smoothly however and this is causing a few issues. Cordell Abenson who is a Congressional Program Director for the Home School Legal Defense Association has done some digging and lays out the reasons why the HSLDA is not a supporter of the Common Core.
A group called Achieve conducted a study that compared US students with students from Singapore to see if there were any discrepancies among the different countries when using the Common Core. The study had claimed that the findings of the two countries were comparable, however the US students were a full year behind in their math skills when implementing the Common Core as compared to the Singapore students that were using their own syllabi. A study was done on other countries and what they focus on with math skills. They found that countries such as Singapore, Finland, and Japan devoted 75% of their time to what is called “Perform Procedures” which is figuring out how to use graphs, take measurements, and making tables for data. The Common Core only spends 38% of its time on these important skills.
The supporters for the Common Core claim that it is “internationally benchmarked” but with the discrepancies that have been seen it is hard to find that to be true. The Home School Legal Defense Association is not a supporter of the Common Core and says that instead of making a set of standards that supposedly fits every student the education system should be relying on input from those that are in close contact with the students such as teachers and parents.