An editorial by Scott Hartl, president and CEO of Expeditionary Learning, appeared on May 9th, 2014 in the Times Herald-Record, which serves communities in the Hudson Valley/Catskills area in New York.
The Common Core sets the criteria for learning to ensure that students are well prepared when they go to college and choose a career. Yes, the standards are hard, but they are clear about how we want students to be better thinkers, readers and writers. Erin Daly, a fifth-grade teacher at P.S. 36 in the South Bronx is seeing results in working with the curricular resources on EngageNY.org. "All of my students have moved at least two reading levels so far this year, and some as many as four."