A recent survey found that nearly half of teachers who responded believed they were not fully prepared to teach the Common Core State Standards. The survey — by the EPE Research Center, part of Editorial Projects in Education, the publisher of Education Week — found that more than two-thirds of teachers reported feeling unprepared to teach students with disabilities and English-language learners. “The new standards do require a major shift in instruction. And the needed supports really aren’t there,” said Lisa Dickinson, an assistant director of educational issues for the American Federation of Teachers.Â
Even as the Common Core State Standards are being put into practice across most of the country, nearly half of teachers feel unprepared to teach them, especially to disadvantaged students, according to a new survey.
The study by the EPE Research Center, an arm of Editorial Projects in Education, the publisher ofÂ Education Week,Â found deep wells of concern among teachers about their readiness to meet the challenges posed by the common coreÂ in English/language arts and mathematics.
“Teachers are under tremendous pressure,” said Lisa Dickinson, an assistant director of educational issues for the American Federation of Teachers, which conducts several common-core training programs in school districts each month. “The new standards do require a major shift in instruction. And the needed supports really aren’t there.”
Teachers in adopting states were asked to rate their preparedness on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being “very prepared” and 1 “not at all prepared.” When asked how prepared they were to teach the common core to their own students as a whole, 49 percent rated themselves a 1, 2, or 3.
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