College profs: Common Core doesn’t make the grade

Jun 9, 2016 by

By Jason Russell –

According to a new study from ACT, the Common Core educational standards are not fully aligned with what college instructors are looking for in students.

“ACT’s findings should not be interpreted as a rebuke of the Common Core,” said ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda. “However, the data highlight the disconnect between what is emphasized in the Common Core and what some college instructors perceive as important to college readiness.”

In English, Common Core has led to K-12 teachers adopting more source-based writing approaches, but college instructors value certain parts of source-based writing “much less than the ability to generate sound ideas — a skill applicable across much broader contexts,” the study says.

Problems are also occurring in Common Core’s math standards.

“Although implementation of the Common Core State Standards has led to changes in mathematic curricula, significant discrepancies remain between the standards and teachers’ instructional practices,” the study says. “Less than half of middle school and high school teachers believe that the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics are aligned ‘a great deal’ or ‘completely’ with college instructors’ expectations for college readiness.”

Elementary teachers are also teaching some topics left out of Common Core because they think students will be unprepared for later math classes without those topics.

ACT administers the ACT college readiness test.

 

Source: College profs: Common Core doesn’t make the grade | Washington Examiner

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