As a parent of a child with dyslexia, the Common Core Standards have brought on many challenges. I have withheld my child from taking standardized tests, as I did not want him compared to other children, as they cannot have any testing accommodations and are required to take the same test. This is a strong area in which I believe they are failing for the reading impaired child. Not only does it affect my child with reading, math also requires many steps for a simple addition fact. The struggles have been immense and the evenings very sad, as we do homework that takes most of the evening to get through. I know that I am not the only parent that is unhappy with the changes, as many teachers are also. The developers of CCS said that it will be a difficult adjustment but the end results will outweigh those costs. I will be listing a few of the wrinkles that are making this so difficult.
- The CCS will allow students to not have to carry around the infamous textbooks anymore! The district will however need to spend a great deal of money to adopt the new material that is CCS ready. This will also lead to upgrading the technology in the school and also making sure they have enough to tailor to each student for CCS assessments. As most assessments will be done online and many learning modules are online as well. This will prove to be a big challenge for all the low income schools across the united states. I believe if the government wants the schools to adapt to these guidelines then they also need to provide the students, and teachers, with the necessary equipment to equally be able to learn the same and test the same.
- As mentioned at the beginning of this article children that have a disadvantage are not able to test equally. I do not believe a child that has a reading disability should be required to sit and take the same test as a student with no disability and be scored the same way. This will do nothing but lower their self-esteem because of the frustration of not being able to answer anything correctly and seeing their friends do it with ease. This also leads to a huge disadvantage for the teachers. If they have a class of 20 students and 9 have a reading disability, her test results will be compared the same as a teacher who has 20 students with no disabilities. The government is then trying to adjust salaries to overall scores of the teacher’s test results from the students!
- What about social studies or science class? Does the government think they are no longer relevant to society today? The Common Core Standards has left those subjects out and are leaving those to each state as before to develop their own standards. I believe if they want it done as a whole then develop the program with all subjects. Many children excel more in science than any other subject. Then they say we need to grow on a global scale, and understanding the history of each area is extremely important in order to so that!