Reading & Literacy

‘Work Groups’ Announced for K-12 Common Standards

By Sean Cavanagh — November 10, 2009 2 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Academic scholars, teachers, state officials, school administrators, and at least one librarian fill the ranks of the newly announced “work groups,” for developing K-12 standards in English-language arts and math, the organizers of the project announced today.

The two teams will have the duty of completing the second phase of common state standards. The first phase was the drafting of college- and career-readiness standards, a draft of which was released a few months ago. The standards project, as many EdWeek readers know, is being guided by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association, as part of an effort dubbed the Common Core State Standards Initiative. The goal is to bring more uniformity and consistency—and higher expectations—to the nation’s classrooms, though many obstacles remain before the standards would actually take effect.

A complete list of the members is provided in the link at the top, but in English-language arts, the names include Michael Kamil of Stanford University; Tracy Robertson, an English coordinator with the Virginia Department of Education; Timothy Shanahan of the University of Illinois at Chicago; and Laura McGiffert Slover of Achieve, among many others. For all the librarians out there, one of your own made the list: Steve Delvecchio, of Seattle.

In math, we find Deborah Loewenberg Ball of the University of Michigan; Francis “Skip” Fennell, former president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, who is a professor at McDaniel College in Maryland; Roger Howe of Yale University; Susan Wygant, a math specialist with the Minnesota Department of Education; James Madden of Louisiana State University; Vern Williams of Longfellow Middle School in Fairfax County, Va.; and Hung-Hsi Wu, of the University of California, Berkeley. Ball, Fennell, Williams, and Wu all served on the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, which dealt extensively with elementary and middle grades math and preparing students for algebra. Fennell was also a player in putting together NCTM’s “Curriculum Focal Points,” which a couple years ago called for a more orderly approach to teaching math at those grade levels.

Some members of the work groups, observant readers will notice, also served on the college-and career-readiness document. As CCSSO/NGA have described this process, the work groups, behind closed doors, are producing the draft standards documents. (Last week, Dane Linn of NGA indicated that the K-12 group has been going about its business for a while now.) Their work is reviewed by “feedback” groups, who have been named previously and will remain the same. And finally, “validation” teams provide a final look before they are sent to state officials for approval. As my colleague Mary Ann Zehr has noted, a few validators are also members of the feedback groups, leading some to say that more separation of powers is needed.

In their announcement, NGA/CCSSO officials also said that another advisory group has been formed to provide guidance on the project. Members of this group include experts from Achieve, the ACT, the College Board, the National Association of State Boards of Education (whose members would eventually be presented with the finished product) and the State Higher Education Executive Officers.

Once you’ve had a look at work teams, give me your thoughts. Is there one field that is over-represented, or ignored, or did they get the right mix?

Related Tags:

A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.


Commenting has been disabled on edweek.org effective Sept. 8. Please visit our FAQ section for more details. To get in touch with us visit our contact page, follow us on social media, or submit a Letter to the Editor.


Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Teaching Webinar
What’s Next for Teaching and Learning? Key Trends for the New School Year
The past 18 months changed the face of education forever, leaving teachers, students, and families to adapt to unprecedented challenges in teaching and learning. As we enter the third school year affected by the pandemic—and
Content provided by Instructure
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Curriculum Webinar
How Data and Digital Curriculum Can Drive Personalized Instruction
As we return from an abnormal year, it’s an educator’s top priority to make sure the lessons learned under adversity positively impact students during the new school year. Digital curriculum has emerged from the pandemic
Content provided by Kiddom
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Equity & Diversity Webinar
Leadership for Racial Equity in Schools and Beyond
While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to reveal systemic racial disparities in educational opportunity, there are revelations to which we can and must respond. Through conscientious efforts, using an intentional focus on race, school leaders can
Content provided by Corwin

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Reading & Literacy Spotlight Spotlight on Literacy in Education
In this Spotlight, evaluate the possible gaps your current curriculum may have and gain insights from the front-lines of teaching.
Reading & Literacy Creator of 1619 Project Launching After-School Literacy Program
The 1619 Freedom School, led by journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, will make its curriculum a free online resource in 2022.
4 min read
Collage of an American Flag.
Collage: Laura Baker/Education Week (Images: iStock/Getty)
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Reading & Literacy Whitepaper
Supporting Students With Structured Literacy
Structured Literacy is instruction that’s informed by the science of reading. Read this white paper from Lexia® Learning: Structured Lite...
Content provided by Lexia Learning