Common Core

High standards that are consistent across states provide teachers, parents, and students with a set of clear expectations to ensure that all students have the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life upon graduation from high school, regardless of where they live. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are aligned to the expectations of colleges, workforce training programs, and employers. In addition, the CCSS were internationally benchmarked against the educational standards and expectations of high performing countries like Singapore, Finland, Korea, Canada and Japan.  In education, international benchmarking typically refers to analyzing high-performing education systems and identifying ways to improve our own systems based on those findings.

The following are some links that may be helpful to you in learning more about CCSS Math:

  1. The excellent video below highlights some of the differences in math instruction. I encourage you to watch this one!
  2. This 3-minute-long video provides background knowledge about the standards and why we have them.
  3. A list of Myths and Facts about the CCSS.
  4. Some of the key shifts or changes that are happening in math instruction.
  5. This link will take you to the Eureka Math curriculum (accounts are free) that our teachers are using this year. If you're interested in learning more about how certain math strategies are being taught, you can look at your student's grade level and dig deeper to learn about how students are learning in class.
  6. Do you need help supporting your students with their CCSS math?  This link provides parent newsletters that explain the math.
  7. This is a good article from USA Today about how the standards will reshape math education in a good way. The author is the chair of the math department at Boston College.
  8. This link will take you directly to the standards, probably the most important link if you want to know more about what your student will be asked to do in class.

Watch this space for CCSS English Language Arts links to come.

In addition, here is a Bubb-specific PowerPoint file in both English and Spanish that was used at Bubb presentation on Common Core on November 13, 2014.

For more information, please visit the Common Core State Standards website.