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CT Mirror: Recommendations to the Common Core Task Force

By Jeffrey Villar and Ramani Ayer

Recently, Connecticut has seen intense debate around the Common Core State Standards. In the face of compelling data that show our existing system of education is not up to snuff, there is now a general consensus about the need to raise academic standards. However, considerable anxiety has arisen over Connecticut’s readiness to implement the Common Core effectively. The concern is valid, since state support was initially anemic and district capacity for implementation is still uneven…

The Educators’ Common Core Implementation Taskforce, which met for the second time on April 9th, has been asked to come up with methods of strengthening Common Core implementation.

Let’s stop the rhetoric and misinformation, and start focusing on implementation. Let’s rally behind our educators as they tackle the very important work of preparing every child to succeed in the globally competitive 21st century.

See the full opinion here.