NJ School Boards Association: Common Core Great for NJ Kids
Dr. Larry Feinsod, Executive Director of the New Jersey School Boards Association, sent out an email at the beginning of the school year to set the record straight on Common Core. Dr. Feinsod notes that standards, “are nothing new in New Jersey’s public schools. We’ve had standards-based education since the mid-1990s. New Jersey adopted the Common Core State Standards, which cover only mathematics and language arts, in 2010 as part of the regular upgrading of its academic standards, a process that takes place every five years, or so.”
Furthermore, some analyses of the Common Core standards,” show that 90% of the Common Core goals were already encompassed by our state’s previous standards in math and language arts.”
Dr. Feinsod debunks myths that Common Core is in any way a federal program, reminding readers that the standards were created by state governors and state chief school officers, and voluntarily adopted by more than 40 states, including New Jersey.
He ends by saying, “Nonetheless, the new academic goals represent change and will require our students to extend their reach. But considering the challenges they will face in higher education and the workplace, that goal is a difficult one to argue against.”
Read the full letter here.