The Standards and where they came from: The Common Core State Standards are based on three principals: The first is evidence of college and career readiness based on Literacy and Math. This means that every Standard we teach needs to be correlated to college and career readiness. The second principal is Focus: Teachers need time to teach and students need time to learn. So a set of core standards were created that responded to what was most essential and consequential to the learner. The third principal is to maintain flexibility and teacher judgement. I feel strongly that the Common Core depends on teacher awareness and flexibility. We as teachers need to find new and interesting ideas and concepts to teach to our children. I like the idea that CCSS set expectations and not curriculum. This helps teachers differentiate and teach children of different levels, and also gives teachers a chance to build new units and bring in fresh ideas.
Teams were put together to write the CCSS in Literacy and Math that consisted of a huge consortium of important people in the education field. They wrote the Standards and our state adopted the CCSS. Since then (2010) teachers have been giving input and asked for changes. Some states have written specific units correlating to the standards. (Which are very helpful to me!)
The thoughts we as parents and teachers are apparent. My first thought was "Oh great! Now I have to re-build all of my lessons." And "This stuff is hard!!" But I can honestly say it has changed my view of teaching in a positive way. New ideas and units add a new spark to teaching, which is very important. Yes.. we have a lot of tests to take in a year of school, but for the most part, those tests are to hopefully show growth in each individual student and see success, AND help our children get ready for college and career readiness!