For educators and students across the country, Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are quickly becoming a fact of life. Currently, forty-four states have voluntarily adopted the standards. Unfortunately, previous mandates that required educators to teach to the test at the expense of holistic student development have caused some stakeholders to view the new standards with suspicion. But for many teachers who are currently incorporating CCSS, the Common Core provides a refreshing, realistic framework for preparing students for success after high school. And because these standards focus on critical-thinking skills in addition to academics, the student activities arena offers valuable opportunities for students to practice CCSS-related applications.
Recently, Bill Gates authored a highly publicized article aimed at tackling misconceptions about the Common Core and asking teachers to lobby for reform through CCSS. “Today, 80 percent of students say they expect to go to college, while only 40 percent of adults have an associate’s degree or higher. Clearly, the old standards didn’t help them achieve their goals. Common Core was created to fix that,” said Gates.
Read the full article on the Alliance for Student Activities website.
Reprinted with permission from the Alliance for Student Activities