State adopts nationalized education standards for English, math

Washington has joined many other states like Wyoming, Pennsylvania, New York and Louisiana in adopting Common Core educational standards for math and English. To find out more about this effort check out the Common Core website.

Here’s a press release from OSPI:

“State Superintendent Randy Dorn announced today that he is provisionally adopting the Common Core State Standards for English language arts and mathematics.

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is required to deliver a detailed report on the common core standards in January 2011 to the state Legislature. The report, as outlined in Section 601 of the Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 6696, will include a comparison of common core and current state learning standards, an estimated timeline and the cost to the state and districts to implement them.

According to ESSB 6696, formal adoption and implementation of the new standards may not occur until after the 2011 legislative session, which will provide an opportunity for legislative review.

The common core standards were developed by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers in collaboration with teachers, school administrators and education experts. The goal of the standards is to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our nation’s children for college and the workforce.

“The standards clearly articulate the skills and knowledge all kids in Washington need to learn,” Dorn said. “Common standards will also help level the playing field for what’s becoming a more mobile society. Students moving to our state from another state can essentially pick up where they left off.”

2 thoughts on “State adopts nationalized education standards for English, math

  1. I found the headline, State “adopts” standards a bit misleading. As the article states, Randy Dorn, OSPI, “provisionally” adopted them and is required to submit a report to the 2011 Legislature, which will then either adopt or reject them.

    There was an analysis done by the Fordham Institute (reported in Education Week) comparing the National Common Core standards to individual state standards, giving states various grades. WA State’s English Language Arts standards were “clearly inferior to the common core” and given a grade of C. WA State’s Math standards were given an A.

    I would like to see an analysis as to why most of our students pass the English/Language Arts state tests while most don’t pass the math test. Is one too easy; the other too hard? Is the curriculum for one good and the other bad? Did we put more emphasis on Language Arts the last 10 or so years and less on Math? I don’t have the answers, but I hope someone does.

  2. Maybe it’s because the math instructor is spending valuable classroom time lecturing his captive audience on how soccer is a communist sport rather than relaying the finer points of calculus?

    I remember one year 85 students turned out for American football and they had 8, 9 coaches? 76 students turned out for soccer and the 2 coaches had to send over 40 of them home disappointed. Now, in this scenario, who are the communists?

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