What Should Teachers Tell Parents About the Common Core?
A recent PDK/Gallup poll found that most Americans, including more than half of public school parents, are unaware of the Common Core State Standards, which are now being implemented in the vast majority of school districts. The survey found that even respondents who knew about the standards were often confused or misinformed about them.
A PDK executive suggested that some educators’ reservations about the common standards (and how assessment results might be used) may keep them from reaching out to parents. At the same time, in some districts, teachers' efforts to give parents information about the common standards have been met with hostility owing to political factors.
In your view, what role should teachers play in informing parents about the common standards? How can they effectively help parents and other stakeholders understand why and how instruction is changing? Have competing viewpoints about the standards affected your approach to talking to parents about them?