A new survey conducted by the American Association of School Administrators (a.k.a. the School Superintendents Association) indicates that “a majority of America’s superintendents are optimistic about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)… However, time and money are must haves to ‘ensure that schools and teachers have the resources they need to successfully implement the standards and aligned assessments in a way that bolsters student learning,'”
Key findings, as described on AASA’s website, are:
- Superintendents overwhelmingly (92.5 percent) see the new standards as more rigorous than previous standards.
- More than three quarters (78.3 percent) agree that the education community supports the standards, but that support drops to 51.4 percent among the general public.
- Nearly three quarters of the respondents (73.3 percent) agree that the political debate has gotten in the way of the implementation of the new standards.
- Nearly half (47 percent) say their input was never requested in the decision to adopt or develop new standards or in planning the implementation.
- More than half (60.3 percent) of the respondents who had begun testing say they are facing problems with the tests.
- Just under half (41.9 percent) say schools in their states are not ready to implement the online assessment, while 35.9 percent say they lack the infrastructure to support online assessments.