Teachers Express Diverse Views on Common Core Readiness

Two Surveys-Two Different Results: One suggests teachers aren't ready for Common Core, while another indicates teachers enbrace the challenge but question how the new curriculum will help students.....


The MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Challenges for School Leadership examines the views of teachers and principals on the responsibilities and challenges facing school leaders, including the changing roles of principals and teachers, budget and resources, professional satisfaction, and implementation of the Common Core State Standards for college and career readiness (2012). 

  • Nine in 10 teachers and principals believe educators in their schools have the skills and abilities needed to put Common Core into practice.
  • Among principals, 51 percent indicated confidence in their teachers' common-core skills and abilities, and 38 percent said they were "very confident."
  • Among teachers, the pattern was flipped: 53 percent said they were "very confident" that teachers in their building had the requisite skills and abilities, and 40 percent said they were "confident" of that.
  • Asked about their confidence the new standards will improve student achievement and college readiness, teachers and principals were "somewhat muted," according to the study.

    • Only two in 10 said they were "very confident" that the common standards would bring about such changes. Another five in 10 (among teachers) and six in 10 (among principals) rated themselves "confident" that the common core would drive such improvements. Middle and high school teachers were less confident than their elementary-level colleagues that the Common Core State Standards would make a difference in student achievement and readiness for college and work.

  • Still, more than 60 percent of teachers report that they're already using the common core "a great deal" in their teaching.


Could this be the result of key Common Core skills not being taught evenly across all states and school districts. If the goal is to create a standardized curriculum that brings all state curricula into alignment with each other, shouldn't educator training provide common understanding for all teachers?

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