For students who learn differently and who often have eye teaming and/or attention issues, the new Common Core Standards and Common Core Assessments will be very difficult.
Florida has done two things to make it harder, they have rebranded their standards and assessments as the new Florida Standards and the new Florida Standards Assessment — and made both harder.
Given these major changes we expect 90 to 95% of the students with learning disabilities or dyslexia to be below grade level. Many smart and even gifted students will not pass the new test. Is it time to Dispose of the Common Core?
As this article on the Common Core shows, teachers find this new set of standards very challenging, until they see the benefits of a more in-depth and relevant lessons
The two challenges students are facing is that their reading comprehension skills are far below grade level and these same students do not respond well to change.
As discussed in this article, there is a legitimate complaint that the standards have been rushed, in Florida, the text books are not aligned to the new Florida Standards, and teachers are being faced with assessments on top of assessments.
We know teachers who have been using the Common Core Standards for 3 or 4 years who now find their students are doing well and teaching the richer and more challenging curriculum is far more rewarding.
What if we abandoned the standards — that would be a real mess.
Students in Florida in 3rd grade and below have only been taught to the new standards and a change would be difficult for several reasons:
1- The old standards were far lower than we want them to be
2- There are no new standards to move to that are consistent with what we want our kids to learn
3- Any change would be very disruptive to students, teachers and parents
What could and should be done:
1- Recognize that the standards have some significant challenges, especially with math, with being developmentally appropriate and we need to bring together a group of on the ground educators, parents and others to improve upon what presently exists
2- We need to explain to parents and teachers the value of the new standards, that the state is addressing the shortcomings and that administrators want to work through this
3- As parents and educators we owe it to our kids to give them the reading comprehension and critical thinking skills they need to succeed.
For students who learn differently and who attention and/or eye-teaming issues, the challenges are even greater.
The schools have never addressed how to teach their child or how to address the multitude of issues facing your child — attention and eye teaming are just two of the many issues that include working memory, processing speed and visualization skills.
Critical thinking skills have not always been taught in a way that a visual-spatial learner, who learns best when he or she sees and experiences information will understand.
We can do better
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