Death and taxes – commonly cited as the two things that are unavoidable. Except . . . there’s at least one more thing, and that thing is standards.
We are not in a love ‘em or leave ‘em era when it comes to standards. No Child Left Behind left many teachers feeling that they are forced to “teach to the test” in order to be successful in their profession, rather than drawing on the skills they were reliant upon before to engage their students in successful learning.
The current administration supports a new set of standards – the “Common Core.” The first iterations are being polishing up and the list will be rolled out over the next months. This will elevate the conversation about how students should be prepared to a national level. We are interested to see what changes the Common Core will bring!
At Curriki, the editorial and leadership teams have long struggled with how to be a platform that welcomes all contributions of educational resources, while providing some guidance on what, in the repository, has been “vetted.” Ratings by master teacher using the Curriki Review System have kept the repository free and open while providing some guidelines. The newly minted Member Rating System has taken accountability one step further.
The response to these features has been strong, but we know that to be fully useful and to help users be accountable, Curriki needs alignments to standards. This month in the Curriki Survey, we solicit member feedback to help us better understand your relationship to standards.
And soon, you’ll see a new “tab” when viewing resources. This tab will allow members to perform alignments to all grades and subject area standards, as provided by a partnership with Academic Benchmarks. Members can also, of course, gain access to alignments that have already been done.
Tell us what you think, and then, stay tuned!