Comparing and Contrasting Articles

By- Allie and Lauren

How do the authors utilize statistics to demonstrate teacher and general approval of Common Core?

In article one they use the statistic that states "In 2013, 76 percent of teachers said they were in favor of the Common Core. In the new survey, only 40 percent say the favor Common Core--representing a 36-point drop in two years.". This statement is referring badly to the Common Core. In the second article they stated "three out of four teachers have “embraced the new standards” either “quite a bit” or “fully.”, this statement shows that Common Core is being picked up by more teachers. These statements are different because article one is against common core but the second article is supporting Common Core. The information above proves this claim to be true.

What is unique about author one’s approach vs. author two’s approach?

In the first article the author uses quotes and statistics on how teachers and others like Democrats and Republicans are starting to not support the Common Core. In the first article the author stated things like “In 2013, 57 percent of Republicans and 64 percent of Democrats said they supported CCSS. But by 2015, that percentage had dropped 20 points for Republicans (to 37 percent) and seven points for Democrats (to 57 percent).” And “In 2013, 76 percent of teachers said they were in favor of the Common Core. In the new survey, only 40 percent say the favor Common Core.” This is different from article two because in article two the author uses facts and some reports. The second article stated “According to their report, Teaching Higher: Educators’ perspective on Common Core implementation, three out of four teachers have “embraced the new standards” either “quite a bit.” or “fully.” And “The research team then related the survey results to students’ scores on the new assessments after controlling for demographics and prior achievement. While they did not find strategies of particular impact on English language arts, they did identify math practices.” They each stated different things, but kind of in the same way. Article one didn’t support the Common Core while Article two did.


What data does the first author include to support her claim?

In the first article the author uses quotes and statistics to support her claim. The author states things about surveys like “Among teachers and parents, the two groups most directly impacted by CCSS, “respondents who believe the standards have had a negative effect on schools (51%) exceed those who think they have had a positive effect (28%),” researchers noted.” The author also says things like “Four other states – Indiana, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and South Carolina – initially adopted the standards, but then later rescinded them. Mississippi and Tennessee have taken steps to do so as well.” This is backing up her information that not only one state, but many have disliked the Common Core.

What data does the second author include to support her claim?

In the second article the author uses allot of evidence to support the claim that common core is working well for classes. The first piece of data that was used was the report from " Teaching Higher: Educators’ perspective on Common Core implementation" which showed that "three out of four teachers have “embraced the new standards” either “quite a bit” or “fully.”. Also the author included the statement "Four in five math teachers say they have increased “emphasis on conceptual understanding” and “application of skills,” while an even higher proportion of English teachers reported assigning more writing “with use of evidence.”", that shows how teachers are seeing improvement in the classroom when using common core. Both of the quotes show how common core is helping in the classroom and it helps support her claim that common core is working well in the class rooms.

How do the tones differ?

The tone of article one is negative. I would say this because the article states "Less than half of Americans (49 percent) and only 40 percent of teachers now say they support Common Core State Standards", this shows that the article doesn't like the common core standards and because it is the first sentence it makes the article have a negative tone. The tone of the second article is positive and convincing. I would say this because in the article they stated "According to their report, Teaching Higher: Educators’ perspective on Common Core implementation, three out of four teachers have “embraced the new standards”. This statement shows how they are trying to convince people to like common core standards. The tones are different because the first article is very negative about common core but the second article supports common core and wants more states to pick it up.

What is the authors purpose for writing the first article?

The author’s purpose in Article one is to state that many people around the world aren’t supporting the Common Core. The Common Core has gone down over the past years and the quote “40 percent say the favor Common Core--representing a 36-point drop in two years.” Supports it. The authors purpose is to give us information on the Common Core and how many people are not supporting it anymore. The Common Core is dropping of supporters because “But Common Core has been harshly criticized for eliminating poetry and classic literature.” This quote is showing that the Common Core has gotten rid of things that many teachers aren’t happy about. The authors purpose was to inform you that the Common Core isn’t what it is said to be and isn’t working for lots of teachers and students in the US.

How does the authors purpose for writing the second article ?

The authors purpose for writing this article was to get people to change their mind on common core and to show the improvements on test scores and work in the classroom. I know that this is the authors claim because the article states "States once on board with the program began to bail in face of angry constituents. Recently, though, the mood appears to be shifting back into neutral.", this just shows how people didn't like common core but now things have changed. The way that the article is organized also shows how she is trying to convince people that common core is helping, the first two paragraphs are all about the negative things that have been said about it but the rest of the paragraphs are about how good common core is and how it helps.