As early as 2013-2014, common core standards will be implemented in the classroom. A parent may wonder what or how different are common core standards from today’s already implemented standards in the classroom. John Deasy, Superintendent of LAUSD, describes common core standards as
· Project based
· Needing Computer Skills
The need for common core standards came about in response to concerns being voiced nationally about American student achievement and questions being raised about how ready American students are for the workplace of the future. Education leaders in 48 states, the National Governors Association, and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) have written a set of standards for students across the US. These were released in November of 2010.
In a nutshell, the standards will require kids to read more expository texts and be able to analyze them as a whole in comparison with other similar expository texts. Since the tests were designed with the workplace in mind, the students will be asked to imagine themselves as historians, mathematicians, scientists, researchers and more, when they are asked to solve problems. This will encourage them to think outside the box while customizing them to think of a subject as being part of the outside world, and not as something disconnected from real life.
Part of common core standards is that tests will be more complex and not simply multiple choice answers. Students will be required to analyze and write in-depth answers and essay length answers.
Ultimately, how much a child learns depends on his/her teacher and parents, and on the relationship and the interest they build with their kids. Though, it is good to have a structure that helps guide the learning process. For parents who wish to know more about common core standards the website http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc/ is a good tool to get started.