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What you missed in KOSU’s series about Common Core

Filed by KOSU News in Education, Feature.
August 23, 2013

Common Core is often heard, but outside of education circles, frequently misunderstood. Even some I talked to said they’ve encountered teachers who didn’t understand what it meant for them, and their kids.

If you don’t have a grasp, you’re not alone, either. A PDK-Gallup poll released earlier this week said two in three people had never heard of Common Core, and of them, most didn’t have the correct information. The survey exposed what many Common Core proponents fear: a lack of true education about the standards has allowed opponents to offer misinformation.

All this week, KOSU sought to correct that. Wrapped in stories on Morning Edition at 6:33 and 8:33 AM, was critical information for any parent who has a child or children in public schools.

Monday, I examined the textbook issue. Are “Common Core compliant” stickers just getting slapped on the covers, and how are educators making sure they have the right materials?

Then, Michael Cross delved into the technology requirements under Common Core. Oklahoma is severely lacking in the infrastructure needed for the testing portion, but state leaders promise they’ll get it in place. Will they fulfill that promise?

One of the hidden costs of Common Core implementation falls to the administrators, superintendents, curriculum managers, principals, and teachers. But rural districts don’t have that kind of staff. So how are they sorting through the standards, and turning them into lesson plans? My story, from Wednesday.

Testing is the critical piece of Common Core. It will be changing, as the standards emphasize critical thinking, rather than rote memorization. Michael Cross explored the changes on Thursday.

Finally, the kids in the classroom. It’s all about them in the end, right? That’s what we hear everyone say. So when your third grader walks into a class that has to meet Common Core standards, what will be different? I capped off the series on Friday.

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