This week, the Alliance for Excellent Education released videos highlighting how five states—California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maryland, and Ohio—are implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and serving significant percentages of low-income students or students of color. Based on interviews that the Alliance conducted with teachers as well as school, district, and state education leaders, the videos serve as a valuable resource for other schools, districts, and states implementing the CCSS. (Click on the video below to play a short video from the series).
“Opponents of the Common Core are quick to criticize the standards, but slow to listen to the individuals who are actively implementing them,” said Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia. “Rather than describing a broken and rigid system, the educators in these videos express overwhelming support, and even gratitude, for the Common Core.”
The videos feature state education leaders from California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maryland, and Ohio, as well as district- and school-level leaders from:
- Sanger High School, Sanger Unified School District (Sanger, California)
- Skyline High School, St. Vrain Valley School District (Longmont, Colorado)
- Seneca High School, Jefferson County Public Schools (Louisville, Kentucky)
- Benjamin Franklin High School, Baltimore City Public Schools (Baltimore, Maryland)
- John Hanson Middle School, Charles County Public Schools (Waldorf, Maryland)
- New Tech West High School, Cleveland Metropolitan School District (Cleveland, Ohio)
“The Alliance selected these states, districts, and schools because they are improving their high school graduation rates and making progress in closing achievement gaps—particularly among students of color and low-income students,” Wise said. “By effectively implementing the Common Core, these educators are seeing success with students who are often considered the most challenging to educate. Their positive experiences are proof that all students can learn, achieve higher standards, and be successful given the right support, including effective and supportive educators and administrators.”
At 2:00 p.m. (ET) on January 21, the Alliance held a webinar with educators featured in the videos. Gov. Wise will moderate the discussion. Archived video for the webinar will be available “on demand” at https://all4ed.org/webinar-event/jan-21-2015/. Please allow one day for the Alliance to post the archived video.
For more information on the video project, and to access the videos of educator insights, visit https://all4ed.org/CommonCoreEquity/.