The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) 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 standards are informed by the highest, most effective models from states across the country and countries around the world, and provide teachers and parents with a common understanding of what students are expected to learn. Consistent standards will provide appropriate benchmarks for all students, regardless of where they live.
These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs. The standards:
- Are aligned with college and work expectations;
- Are clear, understandable and consistent;
- Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;
- Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards;
- Are informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society; and
- Are evidence-based.
As of December 2010, NYS has reviewed / adopted these standards in both ELA and Math and is in the process of adding the allowable addition of standards (15%) of their choice. Teachers are currently familiarizing themselves with the changes that are coming and how we will make the changes and updates to our current curriculum maps. Over the next couple years, we will begin aligning our curriculum with the CCSS and begin implementing this new ELA and Math curriculum.
These standards raise the bar for us as a district, a state and a country and we welcome this challenge!
For more information, please click here - Common Core State Standards