Report: New Teachers Aren’t Ready For Common Core

Even though nearly half a decade has passed since a large majority of U.S. states began converting to Common Core, most states are failing to prepare new teachers for the shift in standards, says a critical new report released today by the National Council on Teacher Quality.

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NCTQ’s annual State Teacher Policy Yearbook investigates and rates states based on what policies they have in place to ensure high quality for new teachers.

This year’s report puts particular focus on the recent push by both the White House and most state governments to raise educational standards in an effort to ensure that high school graduates are “college and career-ready.”

Common Core, which is the current set of standards used in over 40 states, was designed to be “college and career-ready” and is the main set of standards referred to when policymakers talk about the topic.

College and career-ready standards are generally considered to be more demanding than those that came before, and they also involve new expectations about how educators will teach material. The most significant shifts are in reading, which is supposed to be taught with a higher number of informational texts and with a greater degree of incorporation into subjects other than English or language arts.

Despite these changes, however, the majority of states have taken half-hearted or no action whatsoever to make sure that incoming teachers grasp how reading is supposed to be taught going forward.

States fall short in a variety of ways when it comes to makes sure new teachers are prepared, NCTQ finds. For example, 14 states still do not require prospective elementary school teachers to demonstrate that they understand the science of teaching children to read, while another 19 require it but use inadequate tests. Only five states require high school teachers to pass content tests in each of the subjects they will be certified to teach.

The report does see areas of significant improvement, however. More and more states are toughening up the admissions requirements to teacher preparation programs by requiring them to have at least a 3.0 GPA or an above-average score on college admissions tests such as the SAT or ACT.

Ironically, of the five states NCTQ praises for making sufficient changes to adapt to higher standards, three of them — Texas, Indiana, and North Carolina — either do not use Common Core or are transitioning away from it.

“With such a profound change occurring in K-12 student standards across the country, it would stand to reason that parallel changes would occur on the teacher side,” said NCTQ vice president Sandi Jacobs. “States need to ensure that new teachers are adequately supported in the transition to higher standards and beyond. And there is no better place to start than where new teachers begin to learn their craft—in teacher preparation programs.”

Some of the funding for the report came from philanthropic organizations with ties to Common Core, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

This article was originally published by the Daily Caller News Foundation. 


  1. Quetta Woodard says

    You need to do more research about the curriculum written to follow standards! With the amount of articles I have read, it shows you have not done your research!

    • You are absolutely correct. I have a files dating back about three years of videos, exposes, etc. of the monitoring, data mining and indoctrination intended by this “program”. Unfortunately the naive people who haven’t studied this program believe it to be nothing more than just another educational program like Bush’s “No child left behind” program. As much as that was a fiasco, this much worse.

  2. We should demand that ALL teachers be able to ACE the U.S. Citizenship Exam before they are exposed to “young skulls full of mush”.

  3. Well guess what? The people aren’t ready for Common Whore either

  4. NorCal Libertarian says

    HA! HA! Just like the bear in the flag, I’m ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. When the math and english professors who had a hand in overseeing the curriculum can’t write off on it and there is a secrecy clause where they aren’t supposed to even talk about it makes you a bit suspicious eh? I would also like to ask why parents are sleeping and if it isn’t good enough for Gate’s childrens private school nor Obama’s childrens Sidwell why is it good enough for your child?

    Another valid point is why would anyone want to model themselves after our State? We are ranked 50th producing the most uneducated youth! I would also like to say 44 States adopted it due to the huge financial incentive through Obama’s corrupt stimulus package so of course States were chomping at the bit to grasp money in their greedy claws but if you check how many dropped I believe we are down to either 33 or 36! Thank goodness private schools didn’t have to adopt it otherwise where would the ultra rich, elitists like the Obamas, Soros, Buffet, and Gates children go?

  6. My grandkids think it’s a gigantic WASTE OF TIME. They have to spend ⅓ of the class time expelling HOW they got to 2+2=4. Beyond silly and sad.

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