IRA Calls for Three-Part Initiative to Raise Literacy Achievement Through Common Core State Standards
"While a good start has been made, we know from over two decades of work with standards that this first component is the easiest of the three to put in place," Au says. "The heavy lifting comes when we address the other two components: assessment and professional development."
IRA supports the extensive involvement of teachers in the development of both assessment and professional development and offers the following recommendations:
"Its the expertise of the classroom teacher that will allow standards to elevate the achievement of each and every student in the classroom," concludes Au. "Let's keep in mind that standards donĂ˘€™t teachĂ˘€”teachers teach."
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