You may hear a lot of talk these days about Common Core State Standards. Many teachers tell us that these new standards are a way to encourage authentic learning and put students on the road to college and career readiness. Click on any of the questions below to find your answers about Common Core.
These new standards, for kindergarten through grade 12, provide a clear, concise understanding of student learning expectations and focus heavily on applying classroom learning to the real world. Experts tell us these standards put students on the road to success by more fully preparing them for college and careers. These consistent new goals help teachers and parents stay on the same page, working together to help each student achieve.
Mission statement of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, CoreStandards.org:
“The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy."
“The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) initiative is a state-led effort that is sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices that strives to create rigorous, clear, and consistent academic standards. It is not a federal government program and is in no way a part of the No Child Left Behind Act or any other federal education law.” –Washington Teaching Ambassador Fellow Greg Mullenholz
Common Core is largely part of an effort to improve the ability of America’s students to compete on a global scale. Replacing a variety of state-led standards, the Common Core Standards unite our country’s educational goals to ensure student success. These more rigorous standards also seek to drive students to develop more authentic understanding of essential skills so that each one is ready to succeed in college and career.
Forty-four states, as well as the District of Colombia and three U.S. territories, have adopted the Common Core State Standards. They are: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington D.C., Florida, Guam, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, New York, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Overall, the new standards support a stronger emphasis on conceptual understanding and using math to solve problems. They also support students’ authentically learning each concept, becoming able to reason, practice, and integrate each new skill into their day. More specific goals for each academic level include:
Across all grades, the new standards for reading/language arts will build the skills necessary for success in college and a career in the 21st century while specifically requiring students to:
The Common Core Standards were created to align with the expectations for college and career readiness. With this in mind, schools adopting Common Core are working hard to ensure that, upon their high school graduation, students will be prepared to succeed in their college courses or workforce training programs.
Students can expect more nonfiction reading, less rote memorization, and an emphasis on analysis and problem solving. Though parents can expect to see tougher work at younger ages, there will also be more time to focus on each lesson. Because of these changes, it is important for parents to keep an open line of communication with their child’s teacher to determine ways to reinforce learning at home while also building their child’s confidence.
The four essential keys parents will notice and can help by reinforcing are:
The Common Core State Standards include rigorous content, which some children might find more difficult than they have encountered in the past. Reinforcing critical-thinking skills at home will help your child be confident and successful. Talk to your child’s teacher or curriculum coordinator to find out how you can support your child.
There is a wealth of information and resources available at www.corestandards.org.
As well, Carson-Dellosa has a number of educational experts on staff that are happy to answer questions you may have. Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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