What do students say about the CCSS?
The Common Core State Standards are all about students – but it’s student voices that are rarely heard weighing in on the standards.
So I surveyed sixty eighth graders who have a two period humanities block every day. Their teacher consistently references the standards for every assignment, usually as part of the assessment rubric. Here’s what the students had to say:
My teacher tells me which standard we are working on because:
- There are a lot of different standards that we go over in the year so we know what we are doing.
- We need to know the standards to do the work correctly.
- That way we know what we should be focusing on when we are doing the assignment.
- She has very understandable and organized rubrics to tell me what standards I need to meet to get a good score on a test.
- It helps us know what we are working on and what skills are required to be learned and used.
- It helps me get a better understanding of the “big picture” so to speak.
- We can know what we need to know to pass the class and succeed on tests.
- She wants us to know what we’re learning, and to understand it. But to also let us know ahead of time.
- Then we know what our work should be like.
- That is what she is supposed to teach us and it lets us know what we must get done.
- He/she wants us to work hard.
Knowing what standard I am working on helps my learning because:
- If I don’t know the standards, I can’t do the work correctly and won’t get a good grade.
- She wants us to work well on that standard and try to improve more later on.
- If I don’t know what I’m working on, how can I work on it?
- It pushes me.
- I can reach for higher grades.
- I know what I’m aiming for, and I can see if I’m meeting them or not.
- It teaches us how life works.
- I know what the goal is and what I need to do to get there.
- It helps me do my best work because I know what I must get done and what what I’m being graded on.
- It helps us make our work better.
- If I know what the standards are I can try to exceed the expectations of that standard in order to get a better grade.
- I know ahead of time what I’m gonna learn about.
- I know what I’m going to do and what skill I’m learning.
- I have a goal to reach for.
Considering there were only two weeks of school left when the students took this anonymous survey, there were surprisingly few silly or off-topic responses. Most of the answers I didn’t include we’re similar to the ones I shared and almost all were positive. Here’s my favorite:
P.S. Is this not obvious? Without the standards we wouldn’t know how to do the work correctly.
Have you been sharing the standards with students?
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