So, why did the Common Core fail to include any?
Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday’s blog from last week, “Feedback is critical to success,” is on target. A good education system requires feedback between all the key players in the process: those who write the standards, those who create the curriculum, those who teach, and those who administer the tests. Without extensive feedback between all of these key education elements, an education system is set to fail.
So, why did the Common Core State Standards process overlook what the commissioner clearly understands?
Why did the supposed experts who created the Common Core fold their tents and leave the scene as soon as the final document was released in June 2010?
How can there be any of that precious feedback the commissioner is talking about when there was no professional service organization left in place to do things like fielding interpretation questions about Common Core and continuously monitoring the feedback to see if the standards themselves needed revisions?
Now, ironically, Kentucky is undertaking its own review of the standards with an eye towards making changes. But, if Kentucky changes the Common Core on its own, that will make the Core less “common,” won’t it?
Why isn’t there a nationwide support team doing a common revision to the Common Core? I view that omission as disturbing evidence that the people who created Common Core really didn’t understand their job and responsibilities. With some states already bailing out and others starting their own reviews, is the Common Core already disintegrating?