Common Core Standards – the Beginning

by admin2012 on January 15, 2014

California joined with 45 other states in August of 2010 when it adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  The focus of these standards is to increase the level of rigor while providing academic expectations that will lead to increased college and career readiness for our students.

So what does this mean?  Well, our discussion begins with an examination of the CCSS for English Language Arts (ELA).  These standards, in total, identify what it means to be “literate” in the 21st century.  Taking a cross-disciplinary approach, students will learn and increase skills guided by specific standards in Writing, Speaking, Listening, and Language.  These are not new standards areas and a cross disciplinary approach is also not new.  What this new set of standards has done is to incorporate current research (this is new, because the research data is new) and input from educational professionals and stakeholders (not a new concept).  California has added special additions (marked with a CA in the Standards) to maintain consistency with past standards.  But in reality, today’s demands are different if students are to be prepared for tomorrow’s future.  Of course these standards are evidenced and researched-based (not new).  What is new?  They are internationally bench-marked.  So what does all this mean?  Stay tuned…

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