Checking in with teachers on the Common Core

 //  Oct 3, 2014

Checking in with teachers on the Common Core

One year after we shared the views of teachers through the comprehensive research report, Primary Sources: America’s Teachers on Teaching in an Era of Change, we followed up with teachers who participated in this 2013 survey to check in and see how Common Core implementation is going, its affect on their students and classrooms, and what teachers need.

Released today, this 2014 Primary Sources Update reflects the voices and viewpoints of more than 1,600 of America’s pre-K–12 public school teachers in the more than 40 states where the Common Core State Standards are being implemented. So, how has one year affected teachers’ views on the Common Core?

The report reveals that many teachers remain optimistic that the CCSS will lead to greater levels of student achievement and teachers are observing positive changes in their classrooms despite some challenges in implementation, such as a need for resources. As one high school teacher noted, “Teachers have a wide variety of needs in their classroom with limited resources to address the kids and their needs. I want better professional development that will help me be a better teacher in my changing classroom and school.”

Here are a few of the key findings from the 2014 Primary Sources Update report:

  • In 2014, a majority of teachers report implementation is mostly or fully complete (65% in 2014 vs. 46% in 2013), and teachers increasingly agree it is going well in their schools (68% in 2014 vs. 62% in 2013).
  • Even as a majority of teachers have maintained enthusiasm for the Common Core State Standards, more teachers feel the work is challenging. Last year, 73% of teachers agreed implementation is challenging; this year, 81% of teachers agree.
  • Among the challenges, teachers continue to identify many critical supports and resources as necessary to ensure successful implementation of the CCSS, with 86% of teachers citing Common Core–aligned instructional materials, 84% citing quality professional development, and many teachers wanting additional planning time (78%) as well as opportunities to collaborate on best practices (78%). For those searching for resources, this section of Scholastic.com is one good place to start.

We invite you to visit www.scholastic.com/primarysources to explore the 2014 Primary Sources Update data in-depth and to download the full report. To join the conversation on Twitter, use #TeacherVoices.