Why Olmsted Falls School District should not adopt Common Core

by Jenny McKeigue
The Olmsted Falls School District is special, unique, and successful.  Our family chose to move to Olmsted Township from Sewickley, Pennsylvania seven years ago because of the school district.  My sons had been attending a top-rated school district in Sewickley and I would not compromise on schools.   My research consisted of comparing Cleveland area school district scores in Math, English, and graduation rates as well as interviewing school principals.   Olmsted Falls was impressive and consistently scored high in all areas.  Mr. Svec personalized the schools for us and was the principal that ultimately sold me on Olmsted Falls schools.
            We are doing something right here in Olmsted Falls as evidenced by these scores, our teachers, staff, and administration. Many of the people the district employs are Olmsted Falls graduates.  Our graduates are highly successful.  More than half of the 2013 graduating class applied for scholarships last year – their GPA’s were that great.  Our talented graduates are attending top colleges and prestigious universities.  Just last May, a 2011 graduate won College Jeopardy and $100K!  He attends Georgetown.
            On the walls of the High School near the Media Center you can read the plaques of our Distinguished Alumni.  They are doctors, researchers, business, community, military leaders and more.   Two were very talented and award winning English teachers, Miss Amelia Harding and Mrs. Nancy Chubb.  There was nothing wrong with their curriculum or standards.  They and all the teachers throughout the years educated and prepared Olmsted Falls graduates to lead successful careers and lives.  Their influence has been great.
            The successful graduates, teachers, and staff are not products of Common Core.  We have data to prove our past and current curriculum and standards have been successful.  But Common Core is new and the standards have not been tested in our school district.  There is no data to prove it will be successful in Olmsted Falls.  Before implementing a new program, there should be data proving its effectiveness.  Otherwise, one is just experimenting.  In this case, it is on our children.