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Common Core: Teacher Survey On The Standards

Arkansas State Teachers Association gives teachers a survey on Common Core.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- The debate over Common Core continues.

Thursday night KARK 4 News aired a special report on the controversial standards and now we're finding out more about what teachers have to say.

The Arkansas State Teachers Association surveyed hundreds of teachers to find out what they think.

That survey shows about half of them are dealing with what they call poor implementation.

The state set Common Core standards, but a committee in each school district comes up with a curriculum on how those standards are used in the classroom.

Michele Linch -- with the Arkansas State Teachers Association -- says teachers struggling with Common Core typically don't get the training, workshops and support they need to be successful.

She said, "So much of the struggle has nothing to do with the standards themselves and my concern is that the standards are being blamed for issues that are problems for other reasons."

One frustration mentioned in the survey included teachers saying they're being told to "figure it out on their own."

But others simply called Common Core a new name for what good teachers have been doing for years.


Here's a look at the full Common Core Survey from the Arkansas State Teachers Association:

What statement below best describes your district’s CCSS curriculum integration process?
   
My district adopted a pre-packaged CCSS-aligned curriculum.
12.4%

Teachers are meeting in collaborative teams to develop curriculum.
38.4%

District administration is developing curriculum.
6.8%

Teachers have been told to align what they teach to CCSS but no formal process or curriculum is being developed.
31.6%

I do not know.
10.7%
 
Rate issues related to CCSS integration from the "issue has created an extreme challenge" to "issue presents no challenge."

Writing curriculum to align to CCSS:   
Extremely challenging to accomplish or overcome
29%   

Somewhat challenging to accomplish or overcome
31%   

Small challenge to accomplish or overcome
14%   

Not a challenging issue for me
14%   

N/A
12%
   
Writing lessons to align to CCSS:
Extremely challenging to accomplish or overcome
19%

Somewhat challenging to accomplish or overcome
37%

Small challenge to accomplish or overcome   
35%

Not a challenging issue for me
16%

N/A   
8%

Assessing student progress toward meeting CCSS:
Extremely challenging to accomplish or overcome   
22%

Somewhat challenging to accomplish or overcome   
42%

Small challenge to accomplish or overcome   
21%

Not a challenging issue for me   
9%

N/A   
7%

Understanding CCSS  themselves:
Extremely challenging to accomplish or overcome   
16%

Somewhat challenging to accomplish or overcome   
32%

Small challenge to accomplish or overcome   
29%

Not a challenging issue for me   
16%

N/A   
7%

Determining “myths versus facts” concerning CCSS:
Extremely challenging to accomplish or overcome   
24%

Somewhat challenging to accomplish or overcome   
32%

Small challenge to accomplish or overcome   
21%

Not a challenging issue for me   
14%

N/A   
9%

Competency of district leadership capacity to effectively and efficiently implement CCSS:
Extremely challenging to accomplish or overcome   
18%

Somewhat challenging to accomplish or overcome   
33%

Small challenge to accomplish or overcome   
23%

Not a challenging issue for me   
17%

N/A   
9%
 
Sample comments from members show the discrepancies around the state:
·         (-) My school has done nothing to my knowledge to try and incorporate common core standards. There are no vertical subject alignments or time for team teacher calibrations.
·         (-) Just thrown at us and expected to figure it out on our own.
·         (-) In my district we are discouraged from attending workshops during school year and have little to no training by administration!
·         (-)Terrible implementation. My time is stretched as it is and now I'm rewriting standards for math classes that make no sense. The mathematical demands are unrealistic, students have been failing with the old standards yet the new ones are even more demanding.
·         (+) No problem with CCSS. I like many things about the common core.
·         (+) CCSS is just a new name for what good teachers have been doing for years.
·         (+) I teach kindergarten so the CCSS are not difficult to understand or implement if you have any experience in very early childhood. This problem comes with administration who have no early childhood experience.
·         (+) I strongly support the implementation of the CCSS. I think they move education forward.  CCSS stress quality over quantity. They are an improvement over our previous curriculum frameworks, in my opinion.


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