Three-quarters of public school teachers surveyed support the Common Core State Standards, yet just 27 percent said their district has provided them with the tools and resources necessary to teach the standards, according to the results of a new AFT poll.
The AFT surveyed 800 kindergarten- through 12th-grade teachers on the Common Core State Standards for math and English language arts, which 45 states and the District of Columbia have adopted. At least two states—Kentucky and New York—already have given Common Core-aligned assessments before they had fully implemented the standards.
AFT president Randi Weingarten says full implementation requires aligning the standards, curriculum, teacher training, instruction and assessments.
"The Common Core standards are crucial to preparing our children for college, career and life," Weingarten said at a May 3 news conference during the Education Writers Association's annual conference. "Because the standards are so important, we have to give teachers the necessary tools and resources to effectively teach to the new standards or they are doomed to becoming another failed education reform."
The poll results reinforce Weingarten's April 30 call for a moratorium on the consequences—for students, teachers and schools—of Common Core-aligned assessments for students, teachers and schools until the standards are properly implemented and field-tested. In the poll, 83 percent of teachers said they support the moratorium idea.
"The last thing we need is for teachers and the public to lose confidence in something that can actually transform teaching and learning. We've got to get it right," she says.
The survey of 800 teachers, conducted in March 2013, found strong support for the standards, a great deal of concern about districts' inadequate work to successfully implement the standards, and overwhelming support for a moratorium on consequences until the implementation is in place.
Highlights of the poll:
May 3, 2013
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