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Academic standards are descriptions of what students need to know and be able to do at each grade level. Years ago, initial standards were developed by professional organizations of teachers. These first attempts often lacked a clear description of what the student should know and do. They were difficult to assess. A few years ago, statewide task forces improved on these initial efforts by setting clear standards at the 4th, 8th, and 10th grade levels, the content of which was then tested on the Wisconsin Knowledge and Content exams given each year to all public school students. Most recently, at the urging of the Governors of the midwestern states, task forces were charged with developing rigorous, well defined standards in mathematics and reading/writing at each grade level applicable to all their states. These standards were required to be clear, measurable, and highly challenging, the implementation of which would raise the achievement bar for all students.
I have over 30 years of experience educating children. Most recently, I was fortunate to serve the Sevatopol community for over 20 years as principal and director of special education. My motivation for supporting the adoption of the Common Core standards is based, solely, on what I know is best for the education of our children and the continued success of Wisconsin public schools.
After the standards are mastered at each grade level, there is still time in the school year New Balance 1500 Blue And White
for enrichment in other academic areas. Students who have already mastered the standards are free to move on to more challenging content.
The CC standards serve as the recommended academic content, which needs to be assessed on state exams to hold tax financed schools accountable.
"Currently, our publicly elected state legislators are conducting statewide open public hearings on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's Common Core Standards Initiative. I am writing to express my support for adopting the Common Core standards in Wisconsin public schools.
Strong Public SchoolsOver the last decade our Wisconsin Public School System has typically ranked in the top five nation wide among all states on ACT scores. This has been accomplished through the leadership of local school boards, the dedication of highly trained educators and consistent funding. Our current Madison direction is eroding all that has been accomplished. Unaccountable voucher schools siphoning funds from public schools, poorly researched Madison mandates, and defunding our public education system are stealing the pride from our communities. Watch for future commentary on how we can continue our educational excellence.
Schools have worked diligently to involve and inform parents throughout the standard setting process.
At Sevastopol Schools, and all schools in Door and Kewaunee Counties, educators have used the process of setting high academic standards for our students for over fifteen years. Sevastopol parents are well aware of the standards as students' progress toward standards is graded on each elementary report card. Sevastopol's standard adoption process is one of the cornerstones of the consistent high achievement of Sevastopol New Balance Wr996ebl students. I strongly urge our state legislative decision makers to support this grassroots initiative to improve achievement for all students.
Contrary to misinformation being circulated by well funded political entities the following is the truth:
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In a mobile society, the standards serve as a road map as students constantly move from district to district, state to state.
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Adoption of the state standards should have little to no additional financial impact on our local schools' budgets. Educators are continually searching for better academic content and techniques to teach. These efforts are annually built into school budgets.
I recently wrote this opinion piece on Common Core standards in elementary education:
state legislators and local state educators have initiated the Common Core standards initiative.
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