What Parents Should Know About Common Core

Common CoreThe Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are being implemented in thousands of school districts this year. If you are still wondering what these new standards mean for you and your children, you are not alone.   The Tutor.com Instructional team has the answers!

What is CCSS? 

Common Core State Standards are new academic standards for K-12 students in English and math.  The standards focus on problem-solving  and critical thinking skills.  These are the skills students need for college and their future careers.

Why were common core standards created?

Until now, each state had its own academic standards.  Research showed that students were not consistently graduating prepared for college or a career.  The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers worked with a group of educators to create new standards that would better prepare students for their future.

Are CCSS being implemented in my state?

The Common Core State Standards are being implemented in all states except   Alaska, Nebraska, Texas and Virginia.  Minnesota is adopting the literacy standards only.

What will change in my student’s classes?

Students will be doing more group and collaborative work.  They will have to demonstrate knowledge in different ways.  For example, math students will need to explain how they solved a problem.  Teachers will be working with students to apply what they learn to real life situations.   Teachers are encouraged to act more as guides and facilitators rather than lecturers.

What can I do to help my child?

If your school maintains a website, there is a good chance your child’s curriculum will be outlined for you.   In some district’s teachers’ maintain their own page and share what the class is doing each week.  Engage your child in conversation about what they are doing in the classroom. Instead of what did you do today – start off with “I see you are doing a group project in math this week. What role do you have on the team?”    Find ways to show how what they learn at school applies to real world events.

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