A new study from Harvard University canvassed teachers and principals in Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Nevada and New Mexico and found some favorable attitudes towards the Common Core and how it has thus far been integrated.
“Overall, the survey...found that 73 percent of teachers believe fellow educators in their building have embraced the Common Core ‘fully' or 'quite a bit’ and that 69 percent of principals believe the new standards will lead to 'improved student learning,’” said NewsWorks.org.
The Harvard study depicts an overall positive attitude towards Common Core that other surveys have not detected as overwhelmingly.
"The authors of the Harvard study say ideological wrangling over Common Core obscures the fact that 'teachers and principals have embraced the CCSS and believe their students will benefit from them in the long run,’” the article said.
The study found that the majority of teachers in both English and math subjects said they have switched their classroom material to align with Common Core.
"Among math teachers, 82 percent have switched out more than half of their instructional materials. Meanwhile, 72 percent of English teachers have done the same,” the article said.
When it came to student learning outcomes, the study found that in classrooms where teacher evaluations were partly judged on “Common-Core aligned student outcomes” and in classrooms where teachers had more professional development days, students performed the best.
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Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor
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