Advantages and Disadvantages of the Common Core State Standards
What a student should know once he/she have completed a grade varies from school to school. On June, 2nd 2010, the Common Core State Standards or C.C.S.S. was officially launched (Rust, 2012, p. 32), which would hold students to specific standards in the English language arts and math skills, thus would prepare he/she in grades k-12 to be career and college ready (Neuman and Roskos, 2013, p.9). The CCSS has positively influenced teachers, students, and school systems; however, the CCSS also has a negative impact on them as well.
School Systems Advantages
First, the school systems benefit from the CCSS. The Common Core State Standards allow students, teachers, parents and school administrators to be on the same page (Neuman and Roskos, 2013, p 9), and not have different ideas of what should be taught. Pfiffner (2013) states that school systems will be able to create a strong foundation and improve on academic and behavioral outcomes of students (para 1) this will help raise test score and the positive impact the students will have on society. The CCSS will also make the education system more navigable for parents, thereby enabling he/she to collaborate with his/her local schools and advocate within the education system (Pfiffner, 2013, para 6) giving the parent more relief of what their child is learning in the class room. This allows the school system to enhance education for all students and remove the barriers between parents and students (para 7). The Common Core State Standards will allow better teaching in the class room by removing some confusion on what is being taught to the students.
Secondly, the CCSS provides advantages to the teachers, who are preparing the next generation of students. Teachers are actively involved in the professional development, revising their curriculum, developing new lesson plans and preparing students for the new assessments that are being put in place (Neuman and Roskos, 2013, p.9). The Common Core State Standards allows educators to take ownership of the curriculum, and put it in the hands of the teachers (Long, 2013, para 16) ensuring that the teacher can educate students the way they want to while following the CCSS. This helps teachers focus on only certain subjects so that the students learn it fully and not just small sections of multiple subjects giving students a more in depth understanding of the subject. Teachers know what needs to be taught, and it is up to the teachers on how they will teach the lesson so that the student will learn what is taught. Giving the students as Long states “A full understanding that will last well beyond testing season” (2013, para 7), indicating the information that students learn will stay with them through later years past the school years.
Thirdly, students receive advantages from the Common Core State Standards. With the CCSS in place, students will...