On The Postponement of Common Core Accountability

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On Monday, New York State found out that its Board of Regents, the governing body for education policy in NYS, decided to postpone accountability measures for teachers and schools in all of New York State, paving the way for educators to get their Common Core ducks in a row. The five-year postponement came at the recommendation of Regent Merryl Tisch, who said,

This report is designed to make significant and timely changes to improve our shared goal of implementing the Common Core. We have heard strong support for higher standards, but we have also heard a desire for more time. The Regents work group put together a series of strong adjustments that will help improve implementation without sacrificing the high standards we’ve set for our students. These changes will help give principals, teachers, parents and students the time to adjust to the new standards without stopping our progress toward the goal we all share: college and career readiness for every student.

Of course, what I failed to include was the part where she (and NY State Commissioner John B. King) mentioned that they listened to the concerned parents and educators yadda yadda yadda. Because, until now, people thought direct protests, letter writing, and meeting interruptions wouldn’t actually make anything happen. To the contrary, this proves that all the interruptions en masse can affect change.

For moderates who prefer not to rock the boat too much, they think, by making logical arguments and talking about things over tea, we can come to a peaceful agreement, and that those in power will somehow relinquish it since they’ll have “seen the light.”As if good graces were enough to shift the locomotive of the CCSS implementation.

No.

We needed a plethora of methods for dissent in order to push back against such powerful reformers. The advocacy, the protests, the social media knocking, the letters to our elected officials, and the changing of the guard in NYC all came from a movement from people. Obviously, the work continues as we need to hold elected officials accountable, but, from my purview, it seems that this was a solid victory in the way of true reform.

Now, if I don’t get all the way through my curriculum, I won’t be too worried. I think I can teach much better this way.

Jose

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José Luis Vilson is a math educator, blogger, speaker, and activist. For more of my writing, buy my book This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education, on sale now.

Comments 3

  1. Renee @TeachMoore

    Appreciate your analysis of this particular struggle, and you are exactly right: it takes many people, many methods, on multiple levels to effect real change. The rush to impose CCSS across the country undercuts whatever good might be gleaned from the standards themselves (and that’s also a hotly debated issue). But also like other mass movements, different parties have different reasons for lining up on the same side of an issue. While I’m still not a CCSS fan, I’m convinced that some people oppose CCSS because they don’t like the possibility that every child in this country might receive a quality education. Clearly, issue deserves more attention from many angles.

  2. nikki stevens

    I am glad and I wish more people would stand up. We all should be in the business of educating America’s children, not competition with foreign countries and harrassing teachers and students. Public Schools should be in the hands of the community; the federal, state and city governments need to fund them but at the same time they need to stop imposing their policies on these schools. When common core fails the same people who created this will blame the teachers. When the students fail the PARCC test those people who want these test will blame the teachers when the students fail. Maybe one day the government will blame themselves for the failures.

  3. Bethanie

    At my school in Baltimore City, we are rolling PARCC in slowly. We are only testing two randomly selected classes next week to “see how they do”. I really do not think it is going to go well. Right now we do not teach to the Common Core. Two years ago our Charter Board bought an expensive “guide” for us to teach to. The Board and administrators know that they do not line up. I like the idea of giving us a chance to get organized, but what do you do if you do not have the materials to do so?

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