Educational experts and teachers
In an increasing global world, American High schools students are entering
a world in which colleges and businesses require more skills than ever before.
The Common Core State Standards establishes a clear, consistent guidelines
for what each child is expected to know in math and English language arts
– from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Educational experts and teachers from across the country have designed the
standards and provided guidelines to teachers which ensures pupils are
prepared for life in America today, after High school. These include entry-level
careers, freshman-level college courses, and workforce training programs.
The Common Core focuses on developing the critical-reasoning-and-thinking
skills, which are needed in today’s challenging work environment.Most states
have voluntarily adopted the common standards.
Teachers are able to use the new standards to measure student progress
during the course of the school year and make sure that students are on the
path to achievement in their academic careers.
Using the existing state standards, experts and teachers have developed the
Common Core State Standards that provide clear, understandable and
consistent goals on what students are expected to learn at each grade level,
so that every parent, teacher and pupil can understand progress and develop
the right areas in learning and linked to college and career skills. A key focus
on the common standards is based on rigorous content and the application
of knowledge through higher-order thinking skills and informed by other
top-performing countries in education to establish our students for success
in our global economy and society. This will ensure that American students
make good progress each year and leave high school with sound skills to
succeed in college, career, and life.
Although the standards set grade-specific goals,the common standards do not
prescribe how teachers should deliver the teaching to order to meet the
standards or which resources and activities should be used to teach the
students. Special needs and English language learners, will require special
support so that they can master the common standards. As learning rates and
achievements vary in the classroom the standards are a sign pots to reflect
the range of abilities.Full flexibility is provided for states to define the full range
of supports appropriate for these students to pave the way to the aim of
college and career readiness for all pupils.
What are educational standards?
The standards are used by teacher in elementary school to High school so
children share the same learning goals. It covers what students should be
taught, the skills and knowledge they need to be able to do at each grade
level in English language arts and mathematics.
What is the Common Core?
Common core was designed by education experts, governors in 48 states.
These clearly set the standards that children ought to achieve by college
making them career-ready. Voluntarily, 43 states have chosen to implement
the standards. These standards are designed to prepare students completing
high school to take introductory courses in two- or four-year college programs
or move into the workforce society.
Which bodies directed the development of the
Common core state standards?
The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA) and the
Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), directed the development of
the Common Core State Standards. These governors and educational
commissioners continue to direct the initiative.
Key voice was provided by state leaders, teachers, parents, school
administrators, and experts from across the 48 states, provided key input in
influencing the design and development of the standards.
States and schools have the freedom to decide how to implement the
Common Standards. Freedom includes: how the common standards are
taught, how the curriculum is developed, and the freedom to select resources
used to support teaching to help students reach the standards.
Were teachers involved in the creation of the
Yes. Across the country, teacher’s voice influenced the design and
development of the standards. Teachers were involved in the development
process, serving on the Work Groups and Feedback Groups for the ELA
and math standards. Other instrumental organisations that brought teachers
together were: The National Education Association (NEA), American
Federation of Teachers (AFT), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
(NCTM), and National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).
These teachers provided regular feedback on drafts of the standards and
provided invaluable input on the Common Core State Standards throughout
the two public comment periods.
Why are the common core state standards important
The Common Core State Standards are important because it brings
consistency in state standards which previously varied significantly from state
to state. These consistent standards across states presents teachers, parents,
and students with a set of clear goals which are aligned with life after high
school. The Common Core enables collaboration among states on:
development textbooks, digital media, and other teaching resources, having
a common assessment system that replaces the range of varied systems
that existed allowing the measurement of student performance across states.
Who was involved in the development of the common
core state standards?
Across the country, only those in the educational field collaborated to develop
the Common Core State Standard. These include collaboration with: teachers,
educational researchers, and leading educational experts. The decision to
adopt the Common Core Standard was left to the state and local school
teachers, principals, and superintendents directed the implementation of the
Common Core in their states.
The federal government was not included in the design and development of
the Common Core State Standards.
What guidance do the common care state standards
provide to teaches?
At each grade level, the Common Core State Standards provide a set of
shared goals and expectations and establish what students need to learn, but
they do not prescribe how teachers should so that instructions and curriculum
can be personalized to the individual needs of the pupils in their classrooms.
How to the common core state standards compare to
previous state education standards?
An evidence based approach was taken where: developers took the best
state standards in the country; inspecting the standards of high-performing
countries around the globe and setting a bench marking system; and
aligning this with findings from academic research literature on what is
needed in college, career, and life. Consultation with teachers and parents
from across the country, and arriving at a general consensus was vital in
producing representative standards for the classroom.