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State survey finds many Maryland teachers unprepared for Common Core

State-Board-of-Ed-March-25-mtg-no-cropBy Glynis Kazanjian, MarylandReporter.com

Less than a quarter of Maryland teachers said they were “very familiar” with the Common Core State Standards when asked about it last fall, according to a survey conducted for the Maryland State Department of Education.

The new standards-based education curriculum was adopted by Maryland in 2010 and was supposed to be fully implemented by the 2013-2014 school year.

The survey found that roughly half of teachers, 55 percent, said they were “somewhat familiar” with Common Core, while 24 percent said they were not familiar with the standards at all.

State officials tried to put a positive spin on the results but were met with criticism and questions by state Board of Education members. The survey results were presented to board members at the monthly state board meeting on Tuesday, but local school districts had already received the survey results.

“This is a very good start,” said state education department spokesman William Reinhard. “The CAIRE survey is baseline data, and it showed that 70-80 percent of our teachers were either very or somewhat familiar with the new standards. The researchers will follow up that survey with another this spring, and we expect those numbers to go up.”

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