- Critics are emerging on both sides as states begin implementing the Common Core standards, with state lawmakers, teachers, progressives and conservatives concerned about a variety of issues.
- American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, a Common Core supporter, will speak about the backlash Tuesday in New York, warning that the new standards are being poorly implemented and that states are rushing out new tests without preparing teachers or developing new curricula.
- New York and Kentucky are the only two states testing under the new standards this year--the other states are set to begin in 2014--and Weingarten is calling for a freeze on the Common Core's testing consequences for a year to give teachers and students time to acclimate to the new standards.
From the article:
... But as the common core shifts from theory to reality, critics are emerging. State lawmakers are concerned about the cost, which the Fordham Institute estimated could run as high as $12 billion nationally. Progressives fret over new exams, saying that the proliferation of standardized tests is damaging public education. Teachers worry that they haven’t had enough training and lack the resources to competently teach to the new standards. And conservatives say the new standards mean a loss of local control over education and amount to a national curriculum. They’ve begun calling it “Obamacore.” ...