A review of the new guidance from the Department of Education on study skills
On Tuesday, the Department said that while it still recommends that students learn to read, write, and think, the guidelines do not offer a set of skills for reading, writing, and thinking in 4th grade.
“The Department has been working on this issue for many years,” said Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in a statement.
“While we appreciate that teachers have the tools they need to teach these skills, the department is making the recommendation that students do not need to take the same level of study to learn to write, read, or think.”
The guidance also states that students should be able to take their study skills to a different level, but this does not require them to study on their own.
DeVos said that this guidance is “an important step forward in improving the literacy and numeracy skills of our students, and it’s an important first step toward addressing the problem of under-performing children in school.”
The American Federation of Teachers has been fighting for more than a year for the Obama administration to address the problem, and they are still waiting for the final rule to be finalized.
While the administration has said it is working on a final rule, it is unclear when the final decision will be made.
In June, the Obama Administration released a document that outlined how to help teachers in low-income schools prepare for the Common Core standards.
The plan includes some recommendations to address concerns raised by educators, including a new set of materials, a new curriculum, and an additional assessment tool to measure students’ readiness to learn.
DeVos also stated that her administration is “reviewing the Common Standards standards” and will continue to work with states to ensure that they have all the necessary tools for students to meet the standards.
“There is a lot of work to be done,” DeVos said.
“We need to be sure that we’re making sure we’re providing the resources that are needed to prepare our children for the standards.”