Snyder touts Common Core at education summit

Gov. Rick Snyder appealed to hundreds of educators and business leaders Thursday to support the implementation of Common Core educational standards, which many conservatives nationwide have denounced as a top-down takeover of local schools.
AP Wire
Apr 25, 2014

The uniform national education standards known as Common Core are "the right answer" for Michigan's education system, Snyder said during the 19th Governor's Education Summit.

"It's about setting a standard that we can be globally competitive with — we are in global competition," Snyder said. "And the way I view it is we need to have high standards ... that allow local flexibility in how to achieve those standards."

Michigan's student performance on math and reading tests placed in the bottom third of all states in 2013, according to an analysis of federal data by Education Trust-Midwest, an education advocacy group in Michigan.

The Common Core standards were developed by a panel of educators convened by governors and state superintendents and voluntarily adopted by most states in 2010. Opponents later criticized the lack of local input. Indiana became the first state to drop the standards last month.

New assessment tests aligned with Common Core are being developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, which Michigan has participated in for about three years. The final Michigan Education Assessment Program test was administered last year, and the Legislature is debating which test to use next.

Plans to transition to Smarter Balanced tests took heat last year in the Republican-led Legislature, which allowed spending on Common Core implementation to resume after a three-week pause but balked at funding the companion tests. The Education Department has said switching to Smarter Balanced is the only viable option.

"I would appreciate your support because I believe this is going to be a continuing political issue," Snyder said to applause.

The Republican governor also emphasized the need to increase support for skilled trades and teacher effectiveness. Michigan has a "skills gap" that can be reduced by connecting students with professionals to better relate classroom learning to future careers, he said.

He called on businesses "to step up to collaborate more with us in terms of understanding what the demand for talent is, where there are opportunities in the future."

Comments

Vladtheimp

Of course he does - the dumbing down of our education standards with what has become a national standard is supported by all of his big business buddies, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and is being actively supported in advertising by Exxon Mobil. Of course, he also curries favor with Obama. At the same time, he can make his economy look better by taking a portion of the Obama Administration bribe to states totaling $4.35 Billion, much of it from the failed Stimulus Program that was supposed to be for shovel-ready infrastructure preserving jobs.

The people who will be hurt by this foolishness are (1) students and (2) good teachers. The students will be taught to be good little automatons who can be underpaid cogs in the wheels of big business; the teachers will become good automatons who teach only to the dumbed down federal standards.

Freddo

No offense, but you're talking nonsense here. The Common Core standards set benchmarks for student skills in reading, interpreting, persuading, and problem-solving. The state's standards for content instruction have not been replaced or changed; they exist in parallel with Common Core expectations.

Vladtheimp

No offense, but you obviously haven't been following the many criticisms of Common Core - I suggest you check out why Indiana opted out of them after first accepting them: http://blog.heritage.org/2014/03.... Since "Heritage" indicates "conservative" with which you have a problem, here is a non-conservative source http://www.scholastic.com/browse...

The question is not whether benchmarks are good or bad, the question is whether the nationalized Common Core benchmarks are good or bad, or more specifically, are they better or worse than the benchmarks established by the individual states. As a survivor of the New York State Regents Exams benchmarks, I can tell you they were rigorous.

Freddo

I'm not saying that the Common Core standards are uncontroversial or a panacea or anything else. I'm saying that the Core standards don't replace the Michigan HSCEs, which are the standards for instruction of all core secondary courses. So, the CCSS does not undo Michigan's reasonably rigorous set of standards for what students must know. I was specifically reacting to your statement that the CCSS standards were "dumbing down" our state standards, which is objectively not true, because the HSCE standards are still in place. Whether the CCSS standards add value to the state curriculum is a different discussion.

Vladtheimp

Since the education statist establishment is "aligning" the SAT with Common Core, how much do you think Michigan and other state standards will be taught when the pressure to score well on the SAT's is brought to bear?

Can you explain why, if Michigan's High School Expectation Standards are so good, Michigan should be put to the expense of incorporating untested Common Core standards into the curriculum, except to meet a national standard? I stand by my statement that Common Core is dumbing down the standards of states that have a "reasonably rigorous" set of standards - what is the point for roiling the system and going to the additional expense?

Freddo

Standardized tests like the ACT and SAT already do a poor job of reflecting state standards. That has always been the case with national tests set against state curricula. That is why Michigan gives additional tests, on top of the ACT, as part of the MME testing regimen.

The Common Core standards are designed to improve student thinking, rather than content knowledge. This is at least partly a recognition that pure memorization does not serve the needs of businesses or future citizens in the modern information economy. So, the CCSS work in parallel to the state HSCEs. The HSCE supplies WHAT the student must know, and the the CCSS supplies what the student should be able to DO with that information. The goal would be that the two fit hand-in-glove, and the HSCE content is used to teach students the critical reasoning skills demanded by the CCSS. That, in turn, prepares them for a world in which memorizing and repeating simple processes may not cut it any longer.

nextdoor

Can always send your kids to private schools.

Straightjacket

The problem is not inside the fence. Inside there are good teachers and there are good kids and there may be good curriculum. Outside the fence is the problem, parents, parenting, poverty and a host of social issues are the problem. It will never change politicians chose to attack teachers and schools but not the people who create the entities which attend there. To point the finger at the parents may loose them tens of thousands of votes pointing fingers at a few local teachers is an expectable risk. The problem is outside of the school fence. The problem is all around us what we value as a society is money, athletes, movie stars, rap, lottery tickets, drugs, cars, did we mention education, no because its not cool it's not valued or represented to the youth. Politicians are taking the easy safe route by attacking teachers and schools. Students spend 6 hours a day in school and 18 hours a day in our society. That's three to one. The problem is outside the fence.

marker

The PSW program Toronto will teach you how to help people. It is about those that got to the third age, which worked to leave us the beautiful country that we have. As a Personal Worker, you will manage daily tasks like running errands for clients, helping them to take their medicine and even feeding the ones that are not able to do that anymore.

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