The third edition of Primary Sources is in final preparations and features 20,000 of our nation’s public school teachers sharing their thoughts on teaching in an era of change. In advance of the full report, a preview of Connecticut teachers’ views on the Common Core State Standards — a set of clear, consistent guidelines for what students should know and be able to do for success after graduation — is now available.
The survey reveals enthusiasm for the standards among Connecticut’s teachers, who believe the standards will have a positive impact on students’ ability to think critically and use reasoning skills. While they are realistic about implementing Common Core, recognizing this work will be challenging, they offer their views on what they need most to help students meet the standards. Listening to our teachers and bringing their voices to the forefront of the dialogue on education is critical to ensuring our students are prepared for college, career and life.
- Nearly three in four (73%) math, English language arts, science, and/or social studies teachers in Connecticut are enthusiastic about the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in their classroom.
- Nearly three in four (72%) math and/or English language arts teachers in Connecticut believe the standards will have a positive impact on students’ ability to think critically and use reasoning skills. Only 3% believe the Common Core State Standards will have a negative impact; 25% do not expect an impact either way or are not sure.
- At the same time, 72% of math, English language arts, science, and/or social studies teachers in Connecticut believe implementing the standards is or will be challenging.
- When asked about the student populations in their classrooms meeting the Common Core State Standards, teachers in Connecticut are most concerned about students who are currently working two or more grades below grade-level (with 35% expressing concern) and special education students (30%).
- For these and other students, teachers in Connecticut say age-appropriate, leveled instructional materials (41%) and trained paraprofessionals in the classroom (38%) are among the top needs to help students meet the standards.