Forty-five states have adopted common standards for reading and math. These standards have the potential to offer every student in America access to the same high standards that promote deep thinking and will help our students graduate prepared for college and careers. But the implementation of these standards and the assessments that are tied to them has to be done right! NEA encourages parents and community leaders to collaborate with NEA and be informed advocates so all kids can benefit from the opportunity presented by the common core state standards.
We call on parents, students, educators, and community members to make sure policymakers and elected officials:
FOCUS ON SOLUTIONS FOR KIDS
- Students should be assessed based on what they are actually taught in class.
- Assessments must be used to improve instruction and provide meaningful feedback for students, parents, and educators
- All kids must have access to great public schools that offer well-rounded coursework, high expectations of all students, 21st century standards, needed technology, safe environments, and class sizes that allow every student individualized attention
ENSURE HIGH STANDARDS WITH COMMON-SENSE ACCOUNTABILITY
- We need to develop implementation plans to transition to common core state standards and better assessments, and these plans must be fair to students and understandable to families
- Implementation advisory committees must include the voices of students, parents, and educators
- States and districts must provide flexibility during the two-year transition so students can focus on learning and educators can focus on real teaching rather than focusing on the high-stakes consequences of a test which may not be aligned to the standards
- States should modify their accountability systems to include multiple, appropriate and valid measures of student learning rather than focusing on high-stakes standardized tests
ENSURE EQUITY OF OPPORTUNITY
- Districts should provide students the support they need from school counselors, nurses, reading specialists, and quality after-school programs instead of spending so much on test preparation.
- All educators must have the time and tools they need to strengthen their instruction
- A single test score should never determine the future of any student, educator, or school
High Standards. Commonsense Accountability. Equity of Opportunity for Every Student.