Teachers respond to CCSS implementation

  • Friday, March 14, 2014

While Dorchester District Two board members are not taking a stance on Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as yet, it appears many district teachers are supportive of implementing CCSS into their classrooms.

The CCSS for English Language Arts and for Mathematics were adopted by South Carolina as its standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics in July 2010. The standards were chosen to be implemented into the 2014-15 school year. Teachers have already incorporated the standards in their classroom instruction.

When the National Education Association (NEA) released survey results on Feb. 11, outlining the beliefs of its membership regarding the Common Core State Standards Initiative, DD2 decided to conduct a survey of its own. The survey was provided to employees on Feb. 11 and the deadline was Feb. 21.

The results of the survey were reviewed at Feb. 24’s board meeting, when the district provided a written statement expressing their position on implementing CCSS.

Initially the district chose to table the decision to implement CCSS. At it March 3 board meeting. the trustees voted to take it off the table, opting not to take a stance on CCSS because, currently, the national school board and the state school board have not taken a position.

Approximately 1,250 employees participated in the survey. Not all participants answered all questions, and employees were not asked to give their names. Out of those who declared their roles on the survey, 90.1 percent answered they were teachers.

When asked if CCSS will “lead to improved student learning” for all of the students, a majority of 64 percent answered with “strongly agree” or just “agree.” Only 4.4 percent, representing 55 people, answered “strongly disagree” and 17.8 percent answered “disagree.” Another 13.4 percent said they were not sure how they felt.

Out of the classroom teachers responding, 89.2 percent stated they have incorporated CCSS into their teaching or in some areas of their teaching. Results went on to indicate most teachers feel CCSS better helps students prepare for college and career success.

DD2 has decided to pull its former stance on the situation since the national and state boards do not have a stance yet.

“Sometimes you do not want to put the cart before the horse,” Superintendent Joseph Pye said Monday night.

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