Prosser, WA (PRWEB) October 25, 2012
Red Comet offers a complete online high school program that is both rigorous and engaging. Red Comet is approved as a “Multi-District Online Course Provider” as well as an “Online School Program Provider” by Washington State’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)’s Digital Learning Department (DLD). Red Comet is currently on a path to fully align its curriculum to the Common Core Educational Standards by 2014.
Common Core Educational Standards have been highly debated and most states have put in place plans to move towards these standards. Some states plan to adopt these standards sooner than others. The ongoing public debate on these standards was made very clear during a recent airing of "The Diane Rehm Show" on the National Public Radio.
During the program, Diane Rehm sat down with Education Secretary Arne Duncan and several other educational professionals. They included Kevin Carey, the Director of Education Policy Program at the New American Foundation; Maria Ferguson the Executive Director at the Center on Public Education at George Washington University; and Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers. All of them tended to agree about the value of Common Core Educational Standards.
For example, Weingarten said that students were getting "real project-based learning that comes from the common core that will be the same in Alabama as it is in New York so that kids will actually be learning what they need for the 21st century...the standards are higher and richer and deeper, and they're about what kids need to know and be able to do, like real thinking as opposed to simply rote memorization."
They also all tended to believe that a common core would equalize learning as well. For example, members of the discussion pointed out that there are discrepancies in the American educational system due to poverty and that the use of "wrap around" services would help to create the kinds of changes needed.
One panelist even spoke of the common core as being an "intervention" between the effects of poverty and the measurable "drop off" in performance once kids hit high school levels. This is made clear by Weingarten who said:
"What we are seeing is in places where you have generational -- inter-generational concentrations of property, that's where we're falling down, and that's why these kind of things like common core, like community schools, these kind of interventions, we know will work."
What the panel did not touch on was one of the key concerns about the use of the Common Core Educational Standards, and that is that it will be local teachers, principals, and superintendents who determine how the standards will be met in their schools. This may be the reason that Secretary Duncan did say that some schools might need to prioritize how they utilize their staff and leadership if they are to implement the core standards effectively.
Though many people believe that core standards have been put in place to ensure that American students are testing at the global average, or higher, the dialogue on the Diane Rehm Show made it clear that it is more about preparation for the future. This was also emphasized by Secretary Duncan who explained that there are two million-plus high wage jobs available, and yet generations of unskilled graduates. Thus, a major change to education is a major advantage of core standards, and they must be implemented.
Beginning 2014, students all over the country will be able to take Red Comet’s courses that will be fully aligned to Common Core Standards. This will ensure that the student from Arkansas is learning the same material on the Red Comet platform as the student in California. Red Comet sees the Common Core Educational Standards as a ‘unifying’ tool that can eventually offer the same learning opportunities to all students irrespective of their geographic location or their socio-economic background.
Students throughout the country use Red Comet’s online program that include all the core subjects as well as numerous high school electives. A variety of students use Red Comet’s online learning program – students in need of credit recovery; students attending public high schools who need additional credits to graduate; students attending private schools who are looking for electives; home school high school students; student athletes who were not able to attend their high school classes; students with part-time jobs; students who dropped out of school; etc.
For Immediate Release
Dr. Jay Srinivasan