Virtual School Meanderings

September 23, 2009

Common Core State Standards Available For Comment

inacolThis was posted to one of the iNACOL forums earlier this week.  I asked about this issue a few weeks back (see Affects On Virtual Schooling?) – appears now we are getting closer to it being a reality.  Feel free to comment on the standards in the manner outlined below.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 21, 2009
COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT
NGA Center, CCSSO Release First Official Public Draft of the College- and Career-Readiness Standards

WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today released the first official public draft of the college- and career-readiness standards in English-language arts and mathematics as part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, a process being led by governors and chief state school officers in 51 states and territories. These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing, academic college courses and in workforce training programs.
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June 2, 2009

Affects On Virtual Schooling?

One of the issues that is often raised in K-12 online learning is the fact that everyone creates their own courses – I believe the question usually goes, “How many versions of Algebra I and II do we really need?”  I know in the past some have argued that this was needed because of the differences in state standards and expectations.  I wonder if this movement, should it be successful, will change that?  Will this cause some sharing of curricular resources and online course content between program providers?

46 States, D.C. Plan to Draft Common Education Standards

Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, June 1, 2009

Forty-six states and the District of Columbia today will announce an effort to craft a single vision for what children should learn each year from kindergarten through high school graduation, an unprecedented step toward a uniform definition of success in American schools.

The push for common reading and math standards marks a turning point in a movement to judge U.S. children using one yardstick that reflects expectations set for students in countries around the world at a time of global competition. Today, each state decides what to teach in third-grade reading, fifth-grade math and every other class. Critics think some set a bar so that students can pass tests but, ultimately, are ill-prepared.

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Another item that I found posted on this movement, with a slightly different message, was from the iNACOL forums.

49 States & Territories Join Common Core State, Standards Initiative

FORTY-NINE STATES AND TERRITORIES JOIN COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS INITIATIVE
NGA Center, CCSSO Convene State-led Process to Develop Common
English-language arts and Mathematics Standards

WASHINGTON— The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today released the names of the states and territories that have joined the Common Core State Standards Initiative: Alabama; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; District of Columbia; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Puerto Rico; Rhode Island; South Dakota; Tennessee; Utah; Vermont; Virgin Islands; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; and Wyoming.
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November 5, 2008

Online Learning Policy And Practice Survey: A Survey Of The States

I suppose this is a follow-up to the entry I made during the Virtual School Symposium entitled Ranking The US States In Online Learning.  In that entry I simply reported that iNACOL had partnered with someone to rank the states in terms of their policies that support K-12 online learning.  Well, the actual information can be found at:

http://www.centerdigitaled.com/story.php?id=108006

And if you go there you’ll find the following information and link:

Online Learning Policy and Practice Survey: A Survey of the States

October 28, 2008
In 2008, the Center for Digital Education conducted a review of state policy and programs to determine the status of online learning policy and practice across the United States. This report is underwritten by Blackboard and Pearson Education and produced with the advice and consultation of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the North American Council for Online Learning (NACOL).

Download the PDF now

As I mentioned in that previous post, Florida was found in the top position, with my current state Michigan falling into the number two position.

I haven’t had a chance to sit down and read through the report yet, but hopefully that will happen soon.  Granted I promised Bill Tucker I’d take a closer look at Florida Virtual Education Legislation and post a more detailed prompt back in May and I still haven’t gotten around to it yet.  I also have to post a response to Michael Horn for his comments on the entry Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change The Way The World Learns sometime later this week.  But I’m sure I’ll get around to all three eventually.

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