You may have noticed that you children's homework looks a bit different this year. Gone are the days of mindless practice worksheets and endless spelling lists. If you haven't heard, Florida schools have adopted a new curriculum called Common Core State Standards. Here's the lowdown on what you need to know about what your kids are learning.
According to the official website http://www.corestandards.org, "The Common Core State Standards are aligned with college and work expectations; include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high order skills and are informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in a global economy and society."
The CCSS were developed in 2009 by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association combined with teachers, parents, school administration and education experts nationwide. Using national and international research and evidence including standards from countries that are often recognized for high-quality education, the final version of the CCSS was released in June 2010.
Now you may ask how does this benefit my child in the long run? Adhering to a common set of standards no matter where they live ensures that all students will be focused on graduating high school prepared for college and/or the workplace. CCSS prepares students to succeed in a highly competitive global economy where student must compete not only with their American peers but with students from around the world. As an added benefit, children transferring to new schools will not have to adjust to new learning expectations as standards will be the same for students in all states adopting the CCSS. At present count this includes 45 states and 4 territories.
Broward county began implementing in the 2011-2012 school year with plans to be fully implemented in K-2 in 2013-2014 school year and fully implemented in 2014-2015 for K-12.
You can prepare you and your child for CCSS by getting involved in your school parent-teacher association. Don't be afraid to ask your school administration and teachers how they will teach and measure progress with the new standards.