Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas has provided online applications for Arizona teachers who would like to help write Arizona’s ELA and Math standards. Please see her press release and the link to the applications below. Arizona’s current Common Core Standards (rebranded "Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards") have been judged to be inferior and developmentally inappropriate. Standards should not require 100 hours of "professional development" to decode. They should not require hiring a Director of Student Achievement plus four Student Achievement Teachers to teach teachers how to teach them. Standards should be few and elegantly simple for any professional teacher to understand and teach. Even Fordham called Common Core standards "bloated, confusing, dense, and incoherent."
Please stand up for your students! Please apply and help Arizona’s kids find joy in learning!
Arizona Department of Education
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane M. Douglas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sally Stewart at Sally.Stewart@azed.gov or 602-542-5072
(Phoenix, Ariz. – June 10, 2015) – The Arizona Department of Education is accepting applications from teachers in K-12 school district and charter schools, higher education faculty and teacher professional organizations and foundations to participate in the review of Arizona’s English language arts and mathematics standards. Candidates should be prepared to discuss areas which can be improved. Those selected will provide content expertise and will contribute as members of the standards review subcommittees for the two subjects being reviewed.
“Gathering input from Arizona teachers and educators is critical as we work to improve our English language arts and mathematics standards,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas. “Their guidance, along with feedback from parents and other education stakeholders, will help us establish outstanding Arizona standards that will prepare our children for a bright future.”
Educators who are interested should complete and submit the application found on the Arizona Educator Engagement Opportunities website. The subcommittees will work with the Arizona Standards Development Committee.