The school year is coming to an end and now I'm in the final stretch. During this time of year, my students and I review for our states standardized test: FSA. In previous years, I felt confident that my students were going to perform well because of the progress they made through out the school year. Therefore, without a shadow of a doubt, I knew their progress would transfer to the test and they would make learning gains. However, this year, I didn't really feel much prepared to teach common core even though I was getting steadily more training in the common core. I thought I was sitting in the boat alone, but according to survey results released last week by the Education Week Research Center that is not the case... others teachers are feeling the same way. The study, "From Adoption to Practice: Teacher Perspectives on the Common Core," shows that while far more teachers are attending common-core training, they're giving the sessions low marks for quality.
I felt even less prepared to teach the common core to students with more challenges. According to the survey, fewer than 4 in 10 teachers said they felt well prepared to teach the common core to students who were from low-income families or were academically at risk. One-quarter or fewer said they felt prepared to teach it to students with disabilities or those still learning to speak English.
Do you feel like you were well prepared to teach the common core?