The Buzz About the Common Core State Standards

Letter from the Editor

There has been a great deal of buzz about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  Rightfully so, the introduction of a common set of standards sets the stage for a new day in education…or does it?  Standards or norms can be helpful and provide focus.  But, it is important to keep in mind that standards are not intended to supplant curriculum and instruction, but to supplement.  The most immediate implication is that the critical work of teachers-instruction is still necessary.  Thus, the conversation about CCSS is just beginning and Connections will feature not one, but two issues dedicated to help spark dialogue.  In this first issue, a solid collection of articles have been gathered to open the discussion about the standards and what this movement means for students with severe disabilities.

Charles Dukes
Editor, Connections