Common Core Standards...what does it all mean?
Many of you have probably heard about the new push to change from California State Standards to the national Common Core State Standards. What does the all mean to you and your student? Other states are ahead of the game with the adoption of Common Core state standards, and they have quite a few resources in regards to these new standards. I found a great website from the New York City Department of Education that provides "Parent Roadmaps" that explain what Common Core Standards mean to students and families. Here is the link: CLICK HERE This site has links to Common Core Parent Roadmaps for grades K-8.
In addition to Parent Roadmaps, did you know that students will no longer be taking the STAR test? While the STAR test will be going away, it will be replaced by a new testing system called "Smarter Balance." These tests will be online assessments of students from 3rd through the 11th grade. The Smarter Balanced website has links to sample test questions that are aligned to the common core. These test questions are significantly different from STAR testing in that students will be answering free response questions, explaining their thinking, and answering questions at a much higher level of thinking. The links to the Smarter Balanced sample questions are here: MATH SAMPLES and ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS SAMPLES .
Common Core is coming, how will you support your student?