States Giving Teachers Too Much Material, Not Enough Direction

NPR (2/16, Greenblatt) reports that increased state, local, and school education standards are creating a situation where teachers are having to pick which material to teach and not teach, and each teacher’s choices may differ from the next. NPR reports that these decisions may affect students in later grades who were not taught the same material as their peers. NPR reports that the implementation of Common Core standards has been problematic in many states because “very few states took seriously the task of adding content on top of the Common Core” according to Kathleen Porter-Magee, a policy fellow at the Fordham Institute. NPR reports that the lack of direction from the state has led to a situation where “distant technocrats” are trying to determine what to teach.