The Common Core Initiative, Education Outcomes, and American Indian/Alaska Native Students: Observations and Recommendations
Many educators and policymakers in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities are concerned that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will fall short of their goal to ensure the preparation of all students for college and/or career.
This paper explores how the CCSS could affect AI/AN students, and examines how to best implement the standards to increase the likelihood for college and career success for this group of students. Specifically, the paper describes:
- The importance of understanding the diversity among AI/AN communities
- Why today’s education reforms might be viewed as forced assimilation
- How previous education reforms have failed
- What needs to happen for the CCSS to work
- The impact of No Child Left Behind
In addition, the paper includes recommendations for how local and state education agencies, researchers, and policymakers can best proceed to help prepare AI/AN students to succeed in college and/or career.
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