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Another big dilemma for the district involves teachers who are trying to teach Common Core, but also have to teach to the state’s older standards as well, something that may not go away, even when Common Core becomes fully implemented. Which means the educators could forever be struggling between two worlds under the PowerSchool system.
Brian Easton, who teaches economics at Los Alamos High School, said as much at the presentation, and more.
“I teach economics. I have to teach both Common Core and state standards, and my state standards and benchmarks aren’t going away,” he said.
“My problem is that I’m going to have to go back through my lesson plans and figure out which of these standards and benchmarks don’t match, which of these Common Core standards don’t match; we’re putting an incredible amount of effort and time toward something no one is asking us to do. We know we have to have standards-based grading. That’s required by law. We do not have to have a standards-based report card. I think that’s the question we need to be having here.”
Easton went on to thank the PowerSchool instructors for trying to make PowerSchool accessible, but also said PowerSchool will be a “disaster” if it reaches high school, mainly because of the dual standard.
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