Terry Ryan of the Fordham Institute had a sit down with the new Ohio Superintendent Stan Heffner and discussed the development of Ohio's common core academic standards. Heffner revealed to Ryan that he believed teachers input would be crucial to success
- They must have a significant presence in the development of the new common assessments.
- They will have to change their instructional practices in critical ways if the Common Core is to ultimately lead to higher levels of student achievement.
- They will need model curricula – either generated by states themselves or by SBAC or PARCC in partnership with states – to help them understand and embrace the rigor and expectations of the Common Core standards.
- They must be involved in the development of the model curricula.
- They will need significant amounts of professional development in order to change their established practices and culture in favor of a new design that the Common Core standards and common assessments will demand.
We can only hope that cooperation breaks out, so that Ohio education policy can take a turn for the better.