Perhaps one of the most beneficial improvements the CCSS brings to teaching and learning is that shared standards means all education professionals can be focused on creating the best materials and resources that can help move students to the next level. Gone are the days when curriculum companies created textbooks that were several hundred pages long in order to include all the standards of each individual state. Now, with the focus that comes from CCSS, textbooks will be dedicated to what students should know and understand deeply at their grade level. With fewer standards, teachers will have the time to teach for true mastery rather than racing through content.
While no one knows the final cost of implementation of the CCSS, dollars will be well spent when students in Oklahoma graduate from high school truly prepared for college and career and ready to compete for jobs in the global economy.
Sparks teaches eighth-grade math at Taft Middle School in Oklahoma City and was the 2009 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year.