What Parents Need to Know About the Common Core

What Parents Need to Know About the Common Core

The Common Core State Standards are a national US program which outlines what students should know and the skills they must master for each grade in English/language arts and math. The CCSS also addresses standards related to reading in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects for Grades 6-12.

The CCSS was created to ensure the standardization of education across states and to ensure that graduates are ready for life in the workforce or to enter college or a trade school. Assessment of the student’s abilities is still up to the individual state and the CCSS is not yet aligned with English Language Proficiency standards.

The CCSS are based on research and benchmarked to what students need to learn in order to compete in a global job market. With the new curriculum comes new testing methods which are designed to more accurately assess student’s abilities and whether they have the skills they need for their careers or further studies.

While students and teachers adjust to the new standards and new testing methods, an initial drop in grades is expected. This is expected to be a short term drop as teachers and students adapt to the new standards.

The CCSS is only designed to create a student body that is better prepared for post-school studies and careers; it only covers the skills that students need and doesn’t dictate curriculum or the content of assessments. The teachers will select texts, assignments and tests.

In order for parents to effectively help their students to acquire the necessary skills, they must have a good understanding of the demands that the CCSS place on students at each grade. There are a number of resources available for that including:

Being informed will help you to support your students through the transition and will also mean you understand which skills they must master to score well on the assessments. If you are unsure how to help your child, ask you teacher or in-home tutor for advice on how to effectively implement the CCSS.

Pic by Randen Peterson

More Posts Like This
  • Sugar Awareness Week: The Effects of Too Much Sugar on Children's Learning

    Believe it or not, sugar doesn’t actually cause children to become hyperactive. That’s right! Although this myth has been closely held by many for a long time, it was proven without a doubt in a 1994 study that sugar has no effect on children’s energy levels. What a relief! Sugar does, however, have several interesting effects on kids’ learning. We all love sweet treats, but it’s important to monitor your children’s

    Read More
  • Academic Success Formula: How ordinary students get extraordinary results.

    Every student is truly unique, and there is no blanket solution that works for everyone. Grades are merely a reflection of the student’s academic habits, and no two students are exactly alike.

    Read More
  • Welcome the New Year with Tutor Doctor's Goal Setting Tips

    Are you planning to make a new year’s resolution? We suggest setting a new year’s goal instead! When you set a goal, you have a definite end result in mind that you are working towards. Some goals may be harder to reach than others. Whatever your dreams are for 2018, here’s some great tips to help you achieve your goals!

    Read More