By Matthew Tungate
Kentucky teachers and members of the Kentucky Board of Education support the Common Core State Standards according to a statewide survey of the former and actions of the latter at its June meeting last week.
The board incorporated the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state collaboration of English/language arts and mathematics standards that included input from hundreds of Kentucky educators, into the Kentucky Core Academic Standards in 2010. The board added to the Kentucky Core Academic Standards at its meeting by adopting the Next-Generation Science Standards (NGSS), developed by a coalition of experts in Kentucky and 25 other states over the last two years, as the new science standards for the state. The new science standards still face legislative approval before being implemented.
Nearly every respondent (98 percent) to the 2013 TELL (Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning) Survey of school working conditions said curriculum taught in their school is aligned with Common Core Standards compared to 92 percent in 2011, based on preliminary results from the survey. Nearly 44,000, or 87 percent, of school-based educators responded to the survey, given online in March. Continue Reading