Who’s Behind the Common Core?
By now, most educators know about The Common Core State Standards (CCSS), even if they don’t work in one of the 46 states, the District of Columbia, or three territories adopting the CCSS—standards for language arts and mathematics—now or before assessment begins in 2014.
Standards: not a curriculum
Despite some of the blogosphere conversation, the Standards are not a curriculum. Rather, they are a clear set of shared goals and expectations for what knowledge and skills will help students succeed. Local teachers, principals, superintendents and others will decide howthe standards are to be met. Teachers will continue to devise lesson plans and tailor instruction to the individual needs of students in their classrooms.
Achieve, a non-profit organization, http://achieve.org/and its President, Michael Cohen, was instrumental in getting the Common Core State Standards initiative off the ground. Cohen has held many key government education policy positions in the last 20 years, including several senior posts during the Clinton administration.
In the organization’s own words, “Achieve is a bipartisan, nonprofit education reform organization that has worked with states, individually and through the 35-state American Diploma Project, for over a decade to ensure that state K-12 standards, graduation requirements, assessments and accountability systems are calibrated to graduate students from high school ready for college, careers and life. National Governors Association (NGA) and Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), committing to a state-led process – the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) and a number of its staff and consultants served on Standards writing and review teams.
On June 2, 2010, the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics (CCSS) were released. http://www.corestandards.org/the-standards
Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) development team goals
When it came to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, in addition to clarifying standards that would prepare US students for college and career, one of the chief goals of the CCSSM writers and reviewers was to craft standards that concentrated deeply on a few key concepts at each grade level and progressed from grade to grade in a logical, foundational way that reflects how mathematical knowledge builds according to behavioral psychologists and mathematics experts.
Find the full development team list here http://www.corestandards.org/assets/CCSSI_K-12_dev-team.pdf
DreamBox Learning Math is designed to align to CCSSM
One of the key members of the CCSS Mathematics development team, Francis (Skip) Fennell, Ph.D.holds the L. Stanley Bowlsbey endowed chair as Professor of Education and Graduate and Professional Studies at McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland. He is a recent Past President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and has received, among many honors, the AMTE Award for Excellence in Service in Mathematics Teacher Education (2010).Dr. Fennell is a long-time Advisor to DreamBox Learning’s math curriculum that is always aligned to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
Learn how DreamBox Math Learning is designed around CCSSM http://www.dreambox.com/common-core-state-standards
Watch Dr. Skip Fennel’sl Common Core Webinar