On July 17, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released new model core teaching standards for public comment. Unlike the original teacher standards, which focused on the assessment and support of beginning teachers, the new core teaching standards are standards of professional practice for all teachers.
“In order to deliver on our promise to provide a first-rate education to every child, we must continue building a coherent approach to preparing, licensing, and supporting highly effective teachers,” said Gene Wilhoit, executive director of CCSSO. “I hope that members of the professional education community will take the time to critically review these draft standards and provide the input so they truly reflect what teachers should know and so policymakers will know what needs to change in order for teachers to be supported in their quest to reach the new vision laid out in the standards.”
According to CCSSO, these model core teaching standards represent a new vision of teaching that imagines increased focus on twenty-first-century knowledge and skills, personalized learning, a collaborative professional culture, improved assessment literacy, and new roles for teachers and administrators. The new standards are not broken down by content area, grade level, or grade span.
The draft core teaching standards are open for public comment until October 15, 2010. To download the new standards and submit comments, go to http://www.ccsso.org/intasc.