Common Core is NOT “just standards”. It is part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative which includes the four assurances contained in the State Fiscal Stabalization Fund given to the states with these strings:
The State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) program is a new one-time appropriation of $53.6 billion under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Of the amount appropriated, the U. S. Department of Education will award governors approximately $48.6 billion by formula under the SFSF program in exchange for a commitment to advance essential education reforms to benefit students from early learning through post-secondary education, including: college- and career- ready standards and high-quality, valid and reliable assessments for all students; development and use of pre-K through post-secondary and career data systems; increasing teacher effectiveness and ensuring an equitable distribution of qualified teachers; and turning around the lowest-performing schools.
What does increasing teacher effectiveness really mean? It can mean that teachers who teach English literature must incorporate math standards, math teachers must incorporate ELA standards, and even music teachers must incorporate ELA standards….in music. Here’s a Prezi about what a music teacher might want to teach to be deemed effective in Common Core land. From Connecting Assessment in Music to the Common Core:
A choral director in Tennessee must not have received this Prezi or professional development because after 20 years of being “effective”, he was deemed “ineffective” and not offered a job. Posted by a mom:
I received an email from my daughters choir teacher. He has been teaching for 20 years and is an excellent CHOIR TEACHER. He was going to retire this year but had such a great group if 7th and 8th graders decided to stay. This is what he was told.
I learned I have been categorized as a “non-re-elect” teacher. The justification for this is my reading, language, math, history and science scores are low after two years of TCAP testing. They don’t show sustained growth, and based on this, I am accused of being a bad teacher. Actually, I don’t recall teaching these subjects.
Welcome to the Common Core Initiative which indeed does tell teachers how and what to teach. Here’s the link for music educators to learn how to incorporate Common Core standards.