Fortunately, it has been my experience as a classroom teacher that parents in my community trust that teachers—as well as district and state administrators—are making the best decisions possible when it comes to student learning. Personally, I have not once been questioned about the math standards or curriculum that I am teaching. That being said, since Kentucky adopted the Common Core standards three years ago, I know that there have been more questions than ever regarding the new standards and what changes are in store in terms of assessments and curriculum.
Deb Gardner's insight:
Practical approaches to communicating with parents about Common Core.
This year, many schools and districts will be implementing theCommon Core State Standards. Although the most recent version of the standards was released in 2010, many states have started to implement the Common Core State Standards only recently.This year, many schools and districts will be implementing the Common Core State Standards. Although the most recent version of the standards was released
The Council of the Great City Schools' parent roadmaps in English language arts/literacy provide guidance to parents about what their children will be learning and how they can support that learning in grades K-8. These parent roadmaps for each grade level also provide three-year snapshots showing how selected standards progress from year to year so that students will be college and career ready upon their graduation from high school.
Before 2010, a student in Montana would graduate from high school with a different set of knowledge and skills than a student in Massachusetts. That’s because each state has different academic standards, which are benchmarks telling students what they’re supposed to learn at each grade level. All of our children need to be better prepared for a rapidly changing workplace. But instead, rigor varies markedly across states and very few states have standards that prepare students for the evolving, technology-driven workforce. It is time we updated our approach so that students, no matter where they are across the nation, have a fair shot in our evolving world.
A critical component of a student’s success in school is dependent on what and how they learn at home. The Toolkit for Parents and Families is a collection of materials and resources that will help parents and families understand the New York State education reform initiatives and how the changes will help your child graduate from high school ready for college and careers. We encourage parents and families to use these tools in conjunction with resources and information you receive from your child’s school and teachers. We will continue to build upon this toolkit as we receive feedback from educators and families.
Throughout the school year, you are likely to hear a lot about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). To date, 46 states and the District of Columbia have adopted these ambitious new academic standards, which will profoundly alter the way students are taught English Language Arts and Mathematics. The standards are designed to ensure college and career readiness in an increasingly competitive and fast-paced world.
The Parents’ Guide to Student Success (listed below in English and Spanish) was developed in response to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics that more than 40 states have adopted. (To find out if your state has adopted the standards, visit CoreStandards.org/In-The-States.) Created by teachers, parents, education experts, and others from across the country, the standards provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career.
The Common Core State Standards represent one of the most ambitious attempts to overhaul education policy in our country's history.
As implementation begins in classrooms, organizations are also answering parents' questions about the common core while proactively addressing other misconceptions regarding the quality of the standards and their impact on their student's ability to enter college.
Educators know the important role that parents (and other family members and guardians) play in academic success. And when it comes to advocating for education policies that benefit all students, they know that parents are important allies.
If you have only a vague idea of what Common Core State Standards is, you have plenty of company. According to a recent Gallup Poll, nearly two-thirds of the nation hasn’t heard of CCSS, let alone knows how it works.
But if you have school-age children, CCSS has quickly joined the list of familiar acronyms that include AP, GPA and SAT.
Here’s a look at 10 things parents should know as the California public school system embarks on a brave new world of teaching and learning.
The state Education Department released a two-minute video Thursday instructing parents that upcoming new state tests for third through eighth graders will likely yield lower scores but that toughening standards would better prepare New York students for college and careers.
The Common Core, a new set of intense college- and career-readiness standards that is taking hold across the country, is still relatively unknown.
According to Achieve, an education nonprofit, 7 percent of adults say they know “a lot” about the Common Core, but 60 percent say they know “nothing” about the standards, which will affect millions of kindergarten through 12th-grade students in 46 states, including Rhode Island and Connecticut.
“The Common Core is still new and has not been fully implemented, and I would imagine many parents don’t know about the standards,” said Anne Barnhart, who teaches English at Westerly High School. “It’s going to be a pretty significant shift.”
Deb Gardner's insight:
My take aways:
CCSS are internationally benchmarked
CCSS are clear, concise and help teachers and students focus on what matters most (rigorous preparation for next level)
Coherency of standards beneficial since what students learn at each grade level is vertically aligned and builds upon prior knowledge
Parents and PTO's will play an important role in understanding and supporting their children and schools in implementing CCCSS
Educating parents about testing for the Common Core State Standards just got a boost from the GE Foundation, which granted the National PTA a one-year $240,000 grant to prepare state-specific assessment guides for every state that has adopted the standards, the PTA announced today.
The resource will supplement the National PTA's "Parent's Guide to Student Success," which has been used throughout the nation by community partners, school districts and departments of education.
The words “Common Core Standards” have been on the tongues of education experts for the last year, and no wonder — almost every state has now committed to implementing the CCS and putting it into practice as early as next year. But one group that has been mostly left out of the discussion: parents. Although their children are going to be directly impacted by the CCS, many do not have any idea what those changes really mean.
Now schools around Georgia are taking aggressive steps to close that knowledge gap byoffering training to both parents and students to help them understand what CCS is really all about. One event was held at Norton Park Elementary School in Smyrna last week, and over 40 people showed up for their Common Core crash course.
Never underestimate the power of the parent’s voice! While there are models that assist schools with parent and family engagement such as Epstein’s Framework of Parent Involvement, parents can also play a pivotal role in partnering with policymakers and stakeholders in education. This partnership allows parents a voice in decisions that affect their children’s education. Through its work to ensure that parents understand upcoming changes brought about by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the Delaware PTA (DPTA) has helped to raise the parent voice to create a significant impact across the state.
The Council of the Great City Schools has developed content and grade-specific parent roadmaps that provide detailed information for parents about the expectations of the Common Core in English Language Arts and Literacy.
These roadmaps include:
1) Examples of grade-level focus in the content area using parent-friendly language
2) Sample progressions of learning across three grade levels in the Common Core
3) Tips for parents on communicating with teachers about their child’s work and how to support student learning at home
Grades K-8 Parent Roadmaps for English Language Arts and Literacy have been posted and Spanish-language versions are available in grades K-5. More translations will follow throughout the school year, and high school-level guides will be posted later this fall.
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