The push is on to explain the Common Core State Standards to the core people in most students’ lives—their parents.
Education Week reporter Sean Cavanaugh wrote about this issue in his recent article, “Standards Backers Seek Out Support of Parents.”
Organizations that support the standards have launched concerted efforts to help parents understand what the standards are and why they are important to their children’s academic performance.
The National Parent Teacher Association, for instance, has sponsored presentations for 35,000 parents and members of the general public, and the Council of the Great City Schools is producing “parent road maps,” written guides to the standards that are being offered in 10 languages, Cavanaugh reports.
Less enthusiastic about the Common Core campaign are groups such as the Heritage Foundation, which prefer greater local control over what is taught in schools, rather than setting a nationwide standard for English/language arts and math.
Sean’s story can be read in its entirety here.
A version of this news article first appeared in the K-12 Parents and the Public blog.