The Transylvania Times -

By Jeanne DeJong
Everyday Education 

Common Core Standards Are In Classrooms


What is my child being taught in school? When will my child be taught to tell time? When should I be helping my child determine the meaning of new words from what they are reading?

The answers can be found in the Common Core State Standards, adopted by the North Carolina Board of Education in June of 2010. With the adoption of the Common Core Curriculum, North Carolina, along with 45 other states, has set clear and consistent goals for learning to prepare students for success in college and the workplace. These standards give students expectations as to what is to be learned and provide teachers and parents with the information they need to help them.

This school year, 2012-2013, the Common Core Standards in English/language arts and mathematics, along with the N.C. Essential Standards in other subject areas, are being implemented in classrooms throughout North Carolina. For the past several years teachers in Transylvania County have been attending trainings, learning the details of the Common Core Standards, and sharing the information with their schools. The Common Core Standards help teachers develop lessons for their classrooms that will best help their students learn the skills and knowledge outlined in the standards.

What can parents expect to see in their child’s curriculum? 1) Clear expectations at each grade level. 2) Vertical progression (that is, consistent development of skills) from kindergarten through high school. 3) Foundational skills and procedures as an emphasis in the early years, developing complexity as the students move through their school years. The Common Core Standards reflect rigor and are relevant to the real world.

The Common Core Standards in English/ language arts will feature: Reading complex text and developing comprehension; writing responses to text and research; speaking and Listening to develop communications and collaboration skills; and language skills in written and spoken English. The mathematics standards will follow a vertical progression of what students should understand and be able to do mathematically. There are also standards for mathematical practices that are to be developed at all levels. These include perseverance in solving problems, reasoning abstractly and quantitatively, using appropriate tools, and attending to precision.

With 45 states having adopted the Common Core Standards in English/language arts and mathematics, students will have the same expectations regardless of where they live, school to school and state to state. This benefits the child who moves from one school to another, and will provide equity in the comparison of state results through common assessments. Teachers, parents and community leaders have all helped create the Common Core Standards, which were polished and finally published by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers.

With students, teachers and parents working together, our students can progress through their education each year knowing that the Common Core Standards are preparing them to graduate prepared for college and/or a career in a 21st Century world.

For more information on the North Carolina Standards visit the website http://www.ncpublic

(DeJong is a fifth grade teacher at Brevard Elementary School.)


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