Friday, January 25, 2013

In Case You Missed It!

Editorial in Washington Post
Urges Caution on
Common Core Implementation

In the Washington Post editorial "Caution urged on Common Core--from a supporter," journalist Valerie Strauss writes about a letter written by Paul Horton, a history teacher at the private University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (where President Obama’s daughters attended before moving to Washington D.C.), and state liaison to the Illinois Council for History Education. In the letter, Horton writes:

If we truly want to increase literacy, we need to take more time to train teachers to implement formative and summative assessments using standardized rubrics. We must also trust teachers to evaluate accurately. Most importantly, our teachers need smaller class sizes that will for allow frequent writing, speaking, and reading assignments.

To read the entire article and letter, click here.