A New Foundation for Student Success. Common Core Essentials. Have you heard praise or criticism about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and wondered what people were talking about?
If so, you're in good company. Last August, a poll found that the standards, which have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia, are still a mystery to more than 60 percent of Americans. While many educators believe that the Core represents a giant leap forward in preparing students for the world they will inherit, others are skeptical. Will teachers have enough time and training to prepare students for the new assessments? Do districts have the bandwidth? Many of these concerns are real. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. The Core doesn't answer the question, but we must. The Common Core: Mathematics. The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.
(Learn more about Common Core implementation in your state.) The Standards are not a curriculum. Instead, they provide guidelines for schools to design curricula so that students can develop complex problem-solving skills and achieve college and career readiness. Master key concepts The Standards for Mathematics ask students to spend more time on fewer concepts. Be aware of what your child may have struggled with in previous years and how that could affect learning this year. How and why Since students must spend time practicing lots of problems in the same area to develop speed and accuracy, parents can help by providing the time and encouragement needed to master Math facts and operations.
You can help your child develop a deeper understanding of key topics by talking Math. Real-world problem solving Students must be able to apply Math in real-world situations. New assessments. Ohio's New Learning Standards: Math. For more than a decade, research studies of mathematics education in high-performing countries have concluded that mathematics education in the United States must become substantially more focused and coherent in order to improve mathematics achievement in this country.
To deliver on this promise, the mathematics standards are designed to address the problem of a curriculum that is “a mile wide and an inch deep.” These new standards build on the best of high-quality math standards from states across the country. They also draw on the most important international models for mathematical practice, as well as research and input from numerous sources, including state departments of education, scholars, assessment developers, professional organizations, educators, parents and students, and members of the public. The math standards provide clarity and specificity rather than broad general statements.
National PTA. Parent & Community Resources. Parent Roadmap. Talk To Parents About The Common Core. Sometimes I think we get so busy trying to unpack and implement Common Core that we forget one of our important roles in making this implementation stick: helping our larger communities, especially parents, to understand it, too.
With back-to-school nights on the horizon and parent communications getting underway, we wanted to fill your backpocket with some resources you can turn to when parents start to ask questions. I’m sure that not only will parents find these helpful, but these succinct and friendly resources will continue to bolster your confidence as well. Five Resources to Help Parents Understand the Common Core 1. Learning to Read the Core with Sarah Brown Wessling: Even though this webinar is for teachers, many parents have found it straightforward and accessible. 2. 3. 4. What Do Parents Need to Know. 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. So when it comes to one of the biggest education initiatives of our time, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), it is concerning that educators are not doing more to build awareness of, and support for, the standards among parents and families. An August 2013 PDK/Gallup poll found that just 45 percent of public school parents had heard of the Common Core. And while awareness of the standards has likely risen in recent months as issues with their implementation have surfaced, the circumstances surrounding that increased awareness (for example, the drop in test scores in Common Core aligned assessments in New York last fall) could actually decrease support among parents.
Raising Awareness Building Capacity.