Common Core

Background:

Common Core is a rigorous set of standards for the English Language Arts and mathematics curriculum that has been developed based on the best practices of schools and organizations around the country and the world. The standards were created using the feedback of K-12 teachers, college-level educators and experts in the fields of civil rights, English-language learners and students with disabilities. The Common Core is not a curriculum. It is a clear set of shared goals and expectations for what knowledge and skills will help our students succeed

The standards are

  • research and evidence based
  • clear, understandable, and consistent
  • aligned with college and career expectations
  • based on rigorous content and the application of knowledge through higher-order thinking skills
  • built upon the strengths and lessons of current state standards
  • informed by other top-performing countries to prepare all students for success in our global economy and society

The standards do not dictate how teachers should teach nor do they determine what materials teachers must use. They provide guidance only and are designed to help all students including those from economically disadvantaged communities to those in wealthier districts. In addition, alternative assessments are being designed to measure the growth of every student population.

The standards are further designed to build upon the most advanced current thinking about preparing all students for success in college, career, and life. They recognize that both content and skills are important and are progressive and coherent leading students to college and career readiness at an internationally competitive level.

Teachers also have flexibility in selecting texts including classic myths and stories from around the world, America’s founding documents, foundational American literature, and Shakespeare. Teachers will continue to devise lesson plans and tailor instruction to the individual needs of the students in their classrooms.

The standards further promote cross curricular learning and create opportunities for teachers to collaborate with colleagues in multiple subject areas. In addition to content coverage, the standards require that students systematically acquire knowledge in literature and other disciplines through reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

 

Resolution:

RESOLVED, OCTELA supports Ohio’s adoption of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts/Literacy as an initiative that informs a coherent, challenging curriculum to prepare students for success in college and careers.

Be it further resolved that, as an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English, OCTELA will

  • publicly critique and oppose any Common Core State Standards or all state standards that conflict with NCTE policies;
  • engage in public dialogue and debate regarding implementation policies of Common Core State Standards and other state standards; and
  • critique and oppose implementation policies when they adversely affect social and educational equity.