Rigor is creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels,
each student is supported so he or she can learn at high levels,
and each student demonstrates learning at high levels (Blackburn, 2008).

Monday, December 10, 2012

What Comes Next After the Common Core State Standards?

I was reading an email from a friend last week that included a transcript of a conversation about the Common Core.  In the midst of the conversation, someone asked, "But what comes next?  Aren't we paying any attention to instruction?"

I think it's important to pay attention to that question because it's at the heart of implementation of the CCSS.  The standards are an excellent foundation for increased rigor in our schools, but without rigorous instruction, we won't be able to meet the potential of truly rigorous education. 

How is your district or school dealing with the instructional aspects of rigor?

1 comment:

  1. My hubby, a project manager tells his clients this: I can build you a mall on the moon - just like you are asking. But, if no one can get there, it won't be successful.

    This is the perfect analogy for making CCSS work. The standards are great - and they are achievable. But if teachers don't know how to get students to the endpoints, the CCSS is a beautiful mall on the moon.


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