What are Common Core State Standards and Why Should I Care?

by The Source on December 12, 2012 · 0 comments

in K-12,ScanSource Catalyst,Vertical Markets

If you are tuned in to the K-12 education space, one of the biggest topics of discussion (along with BYOD) focuses on Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  The website http://www.corestandards.org defines the initiative as:

“… a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce.”

Obviously this is a good thing.  Especially if you have K-12-aged children.  The goal here is to better prepare students for college and ensure that everyone is learning the same things.  But why should I care as a VAR (you may ask)?

The answer is found in how these standards are going to be assessed.  The states are strongly encouraged to provide online assessments.  Not only must the assessments be online, they must be administered simultaneously to all students.  Stick with me.  This is where it gets good.

These standards must be implemented by 2014.  Do all schools have the bandwidth and network infrastructure necessary to make this online assessment a reality?  Not by a long shot!

Better networks are an obvious need for this initiative, but on what kind of device will the online assessments be given?  PCs?  Laptops?  Netbooks?  Smartphones?  This is one of the biggest drivers behind the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) phenomenon.

If your company is currently working in the K-12 vertical market, this information should be music to your ears.  If your company is not working in the K-12 vertical market, maybe you should consider it!

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