Why the Common Core Standards for Grades K-3 Are Wrong

Do you think raising the standards will make children more developmentally ready to read and write? Or will it frustrate them while neglecting age appropriate skill development?

Diane Ravitch's blog

A group of early childhood educators explain here why the Common Core is inappropriate for children in grades K-3. This statement is an excerpt from their joint publication “Defending the Early Years.”

The first mistake of the Common Core is that it “maps backwards” from what is needed for high school graduation and ignores the kind of learning that is developmentally appropriate for young children. “An example of a developmentally inappropriate Common Core standard for kindergarten is one that requires children to “read emergent reader texts with purpose and understanding.” Many young children are not developmentally ready to read in kindergarten and there is no research to support teaching reading in kindergarten. There is no research showing long-term advantages to reading at 5 compared to reading at 6 or 7.”

The second mistake is that the CCSS assumes that all children learn at the same rate and in the…

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