Common Core Development: A Crumpled Timeline

Published August 25, 2013 by Vida Caramela

A crumpled paper ball made from an A4 sheet

Okay, I investigated those websites, and after scouring through them carefully, I did not see a drop of data. What I saw was a heap of professional development resources for common core.  That was a bit disappointing because I specifically asked to see data. Anyway, I decided to do my own search and I did come up with something of interest. So, here’s what I am going to do; I’m going to post the interesting facts about CCSS pilot testing as I find them.

I’ll start with an article I found on the Education Week website:

The article, written by  Catherine Gewertz, and dated August 23, 2011, states that New York City and Washington, D.C., are joining six other urban districts  to lead out in piloting the common core.  Gewertz goes on to mention, “The work is unfolding through the Council of the Great City Schools, which last week announced a $4.6 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that will be used for a broad range of activities to implement the standards in all of its member districts. But eight will play a lead role.

What I found especially interesting in the article was the following statement: “New York has already been at work on a pilot that involves three areas of common-core implementation: curriculum alignment, performance-based assessment, and text complexity.”

Now I have even more questions, like: Where, specifically in New York, is this pilot being done? When exactly did it begin? Has any data been generated from these pilots so far?

Based on this article, the Common Core Standards that have been adopted by the 45 States are in the prototype testing phase as we speak, and are not the finished product. If this is true, are the 45 States field-testing for the remaining five?

Until I find some evidence of pilot work occurring before the adoption of the CCSS by all of these States, I will be forced to conclude that the  engineering timeline for CCSS is fan-folded or possibly just crumpled, so every phase of it’s development is occurring practically simultaneously.


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