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Higher Standards Begin with More Training for Instructors

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Contrary to opponents’ interpretation, the ACT National Curriculum Survey findings indicate teachers need more professional development support to effectively teach the Common Core State Standards, write Kristie Martorelli, Beth Maloney and Tara Dale—award winning Arizona teachers. The standards “mark a huge departure from the old ‘mile-wide, inch-deep’ way of teaching…And those kinds of changes are only effectively achieved through proper support and training.” A RAND study this year found only 28 percent of math and 31 percent of ELA teachers believe professional development training reflect their needs. Another study in Georgia found four in 10 teachers received three days or fewer of training. “It should serve as a wake-up call,” the authors explain, for policymakers to get teachers the support they need.