Understanding the Common Core
A lack of consistency in education quality from state to state and a push from business leaders and colleges/universities for more rigorous standards led state governors in 2009 to develop a common set of rigorous learning standards.
The goal of the Common Core State Standards Initiative is to create a set of consistent, clear K-12 academic standards in English, Language Arts and Mathematics.
These standards will provide a clear picture of what students need to learn each year in order to graduate from high school ready to succeed in college and careers.
Here are some of the changes driven by the Common Core Standards:
- A deeper study of fewer topics, with the goal of mastery in those topics, replaces a previously broader range of topics covered in less depth.
- Standards are designed to build upon prior mastery. The system keeps students on track to demonstrate college/career readiness at high school graduation.
- Reading is integrated across subject disciplines to ensure students use critical thinking for both literary works and content-rich nonfiction.
- Math standards require both a fluency in knowing facts and processes, and a demonstration of a deep understanding of why and when calculations are used.
- Student Learning Objectives are developed for courses so that both teachers and students understand lesson standards and evidence of growth toward mastery. They are based on the question, “What will mastery look like?”
Testing on Computers:
The new state tests, beginning in 2014-15, require that students have a high level of comfort and experience using technology. Schools must also be ready with a technology infrastructure that can accommodate the new tests.Ohio Report Cards Will Change:
Districts, schools and teachers will be graded. This year will mark the first release of Ohio Report Cards that rate schools and districts with the A-F designations.You can read more about the Learning Standards by clicking on the links below:Common Core Standards InitiativeCouncil of Greater City Schools - Road Map for Parents
ODE Explains Ohio Learning Standards