Textbooks? We Don’t Want Your Stinking Textbooks!

textbooks2Not unless they embrace the Common Core State Standards that is.  From The New York Times School Book blog:

The city schools chancellor, Dennis M. Walcott, and his team have been beating the drum about the rollout of tougher Common Core standards and the need to get students better prepared for college and careers. Now the city’s Department of Education is teaming up with other school districts to pressure the publishing industry to provide them with materials to meet those standards.

Mr. Walcott joined school superintendents from Chicago, Newark and Washington on Thursday for a panel discussion in Midtown Manhattan on what they’re calling the Publishers’ Criteria.

Simply put, they said they would reject any textbooks or other instructional materials that aren’t aligned with the Common Core’s more demanding math and literacy standards, which have been embraced by 45 states and the District of Columbia and will lead to new standardized tests by the 2014-15 school year.

Perhaps publishing houses are willing to jump on the bandwagon until these standards have actually been field tested and successfully implemented somewhere… anywhere.  Let alone become implemented in some of the poorest performing school districts in the country.