June 13, 2013

Common Core State Standards (CCSS): Is Your School Prepared?

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) has been a topic of fierce debate. The standards aim to provide a consistent, clear understanding of student’s learning expectations and are ultimately designed to prepare K-12 students for college and career success. This revolution is well underway – forty-five states and the District of Columbia have already adopted the CCSS for math and English language arts. The issues now are: how should it be administered and are all schools well-prepared; both to teach the common core curriculum and to assess student learning. Finally, will it really help all students succeed?

With a major focus on CCSS assessments, we conducted a survey to answer those burning questions that are keeping teachers and administrators up at night. The early survey results are in; here are some key highlights:

  • 80 percent of schools surveyed are already preparing for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and 10 percent will initiate planning within a year.
  • 55 percent said their school was definitely or likely to work with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).
  • 30 percent of schools surveyed have plans to work with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC).
  • 42 percent of schools said they plan to independently develop their own CCSS assessments.
  • 70 percent believe that it is likely or possible that a private testing firm such as ACT or the College Board will take over the assessment functions of PARCC and Smarter Balanced over the next 3-5 years.
  • 73 percent of schools said they are not very confident that their current network infrastructure can support the capacity needs of CCSS assessment, with 66 percent not confident that their network infrastructure that can support the security needs of CCSS assessment.

Do you agree with the results? What other benefits or downfalls do you see in the future of CCSS? Make sure your school is ready for PARCC and SBAC by visiting here and here. Comment or tweet us at @Enterasys

About The Contributor:
Bob NilssonDirector of Vertical Solutions Marketing

Bob Nilsson is the director of vertical solutions marketing at Extreme Networks. In this role, Mr. Nilsson leads the Extreme Networks strategy and programs for vertical markets including Healthcare, Higher Education, K-12 Education, Federal Government, and Hospitality. He has over 30 years of experience in marketing IT systems to Global 1000 companies worldwide. Before joining Extreme Networks Bob was VP Marketing at Clear Methods. Prior to that Bob held senior marketing positions at Digital Equipment and HP. Bob holds an SB degree in EE from MIT and MBA from Columbia Business School.

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