There is so much buzz today about Common Core and people either love it or hate it. The reality is that Common Core is here. Whether we like it or not, it came upon our children without parent and even teacher input, and it will take time to get used to or even change. Therefore, we have work to do to ensure that it is working in the best interest of our children.
The scariest part of Common Core is the fact that our children are taking the state Common Core test and neither PARENTS nor schools get to see the results. Parents, teachers, districts and states need to have end of the year assessments to ensure students are on track. It is the only accountability measure outside of a teacher’s report card.
Our teachers and school district administrators throughout the state need to know if our children are achieving success. Parents do not get to see the results of Common Core testing from last year, and it is undecided if we will get to see the testing results from this school year.However, parents can do something to help now.
One of the main people in charge of deciding the fate of Common Core testing results is Tom Torlakson our California State Superintendent. We need to contact his office and let him know that parents deserve to be a partner in our own children’s education. We have a right to know whether or not our children are proficient in their grade level.
Tell our State Superintendent his office needs to work to define a new accountability system for our children in which we are informed of where our children stand as a student and in comparison to other schools and districts throughout our state. California needs to fully commit to the needs and success of every student in every zip code through assessment and the accountability of educators from teachers to district administrators.
Contact the California Department of Education and ask for State Superintendent Tom Torlakson’s office at (916)319-0800. You can also contact State Superintendent Tom Torlakson by clicking here or writing to the California Department of Education at 1430 N Street Sacramento, CA 95814-5901. Ask them to ensure there is a commitment to our children through accountability toward their learning and allow parents to know the results of the end of the year testing.
Parents, it is time to use your voice for California students and let the decision-makers know our children’s achievement matters to us. It should matter to them too.