These standards were developed with input from educators and other experts in math and English/Language Arts, and educators continue to support them. A recent survey from the National Education Association showed more than 75% of their members (teachers, administrators, support staff and other education professionals) support the standards either wholeheartedly or with some reservations, tracking closely with results from an earlier American Federation of Teachers’ poll finding that 75% of teachers surveyed support the Common Core.
But the general public is another story. The 2013 PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools found that prior to taking the poll, only 38% of respondents had heard of the CCSS, as had just 45% of public school parents. Of those who had, just 41% said they will make U.S. education more competitive globally, and significant percentages believe misinformation about the initiative. And rhetoric in states that are revisiting involvement in the CCSS indicates widespread concern that the standards are a federal intrusion into education (though development was led by state governors and education commissioners), as well as concerns about the impact on student privacy.
For the Common Core to succeed, it needs the support of the public. Without it, state legislatures might not appropriately fund the effort, and governors and state boards of education might pull back from the high standards. So in addition to implementing the standards, educators must build public support for them.
Ideas to build support among parents:
Ideas to raise awareness in the community:
While education leaders face a daunting challenge in Common Core implementation, with responsibilities ranging from developing staff to obtaining the technology necessary to implement the forthcoming CCSS assessments, they cannot overlook the importance of building community support for this work. Without it, they might not receive the resources needed to succeed.