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Core Questions: Did Early Childhood Teachers Have Any Input on the Common Core?

Common Core appleStateIm­pact is answering reader-submitted questions about the Common Core, a new set of expectations for what students should know and be able to do in math and English at each grade level. Ohio is one of 45 states that have fully adopted the Common Core.

Today, we answer a Core Question from an audience member at the WVIZ/PBS ideastream Education panel discussion on the Common Core earlier this fall.

The audience member asked:

Were any early childhood professionals involved in writing the Common Core?


Well, yes. But we don’t know the exact number.

Three hundred and eighty Ohio residents completed feedback surveys about the standards, according to data from Achieve, an education non-profit that helped develop the Common Core.

Achieve spokesperson Chad Colby said 202 of those responses were from K-12 teachers, but the responses didn’t specify how many of those teachers were early childhood educators.

Here are some examples of how some survey responders identified themselves:

  • Early childhood educator
  • Gifted education teacher, 3-5
  • Math curriculum specialist, K-6
  • Math consultant/coach, K-6
  • Pre-K teacher
  • Retired elementary teacher

And in terms of other Ohio input into the new standards, an Ohio State literacy professor and an Ohio Department of Education math official were members of the team that developed the Common Core.

What do you want to know about how the new Common Core education standards will affect Ohio schools? Email us at ohio@stateimpact.org. You can also send us a message on Twitter or Facebook.

Please tell us if you’re a parent, teacher, principal, policymaker or concerned citizen. We’ll find answers and share them here at StateImpact Ohio.


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