Guest Post by Joe Mazza
The information below has been linked from the National PTA
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is a joint effort led by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers to develop a common core of K-12 standards in English language arts and Mathematics. The aim of this state-led initiative is to develop internationally-benchmarked standards that ensure all students are held to consistent expectations that will prepare them for college and career. To date, over 45 states have adopted the standards, in addition to the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoan Islands, US Virgin Islands and the Anchorage, AK School District.
The background, history and premise is important, but for our families, we need to break down exactly what these new CCSS look like for each grade level and how parents can support them in the home. The National PTA has recently published a Parents Guide to Student Success in PDF format in multiple languages.
Included in the PTA’s Guide
- Key items that children should be learning in English language arts and mathematics in each grade, once the standards are fully implemented.
- Activities that parents can do at home to support their child’s learning.
- Methods for helping parents build stronger relationships with their child’s teacher.
- Tips for planning for college and career (high school only).
Join us this Wednesday, 12/5 at 9PM EDT / 6PM PST for #PTchat as we dig deeper on the common core work to develop a parent resource newsletter insert for schools.
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