In this publication by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, researchers surveyed a representative sample of teachers from five states–Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and Nevada–to evaluate teachers’ perceptions of Common Core implementation. The survey results revealed several key findings, including:
- Although Common Core implementation required teachers to make major changes to their lesson plans, the majority of educators have embraced the new standards;
- Most English teachers reported increasing writing assignments in which students use evidence to support their arguments; and
- Over two thirds of principals believe that the new standards will lead to improved student learning.
This paper contributes teachers’ voices to the important conversation around Common Core implementation, and provides insight into what is needed to improve educational outcomes for students.