Over the course of the 2011 Chicago School Policy Forum Series, speakers discussed the new Common Core standards that were adopted by Illinois to raise K-12 student achievement, where they came from, how they would be measured, and what they could mean for educators, parents, schools, districts, and other stakeholders.
Representing the early childhood field, President Samuel J. Meisels and Professor Gillian McNamee spoke at separate events in the series, each addressing the special considerations for teaching and assessing young children. Materials from their presentations are available below.
Why the Size of the Stair Matters in the Race to the Top
Meisels discusses the potential damage standards can do when they are used as thresholds rather than benchmarks for learning.
Common Core Standards and Early Childhood Education
McNamee explains why the Common Core standards’ focus on literacy and mathematics is too narrow, especially for early childhood education.
Other speakers included Michael Cohen, president of Achieve; Noemi Donoso, chief education officer of the Chicago Public Schools; Chris Koch, Illinois state school superintendent, and Dan Montgomery, president of the Illinois Federation of Teachers.
The series was presented by Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, Catalyst Chicago, and the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research.