Press Release

AFT on Center for American Progress’s Common Core Recommendations

For Release: 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Contact:

Janet Bass
202-879-4554
jbass@aft.org

WASHINGTON—Statement by American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on recommendations by the Center for American Progress on the Common Core State Standards:
 
“Today’s CAP recommendations add to the chorus of groups, states and school districts calling for midcourse corrections in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, including delaying the impact of high-stakes testing on students, teachers and schools. Overtesting and the lack of flexibility and preparation in implementing the standards have led to a deep distrust of them—which is why we called for a moratorium of high-stakes decisions based on so-called Common Core testing over a year ago. We commend CAP for offering practical and commonsense ideas to make the transition to new curriculum and assessments better, including investing in professional development, giving educators time to collaborate on instruction, and engaging parents and other stakeholders on the new expectations.”

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The AFT represents 1.6 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.