FYI: Common Core State Standards

Keeping in line with my plugged-in  theme, I thought I would fill you in on a up-and-coming nationwide initiative: Common Core State Standards. Pennsylvania is just one of the dozens of states to adopt these standards for English-Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. Set to be phased in during the current school year & then go into effect in 2013, PDE assures that these standards will not lag behind our current standards in Pennsylvania (which are among one of the nation’s strongest).

To get a better understanding of what Common Core State Standards are all about, I visited their website, finding info on the standards themselves, the states that have already adopted them, and plenty of news stating support & favor. The mission statement clearly summed up the goal & reason for the implementation:

      Mission Statement 

The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.

Carrying the tagline, Preparing America’s Students for College & Career, one can’t help but think of the benefits of having a unified system that holds all students, regardless of background, location, etc., to the same set of educational standards.  My hope is that this system will benefit students, teachers, and parents alike to foster the success in all students.

      Why is this important?

  • Make expectations for students clear to parents, teachers, and the general public;
  • Encourage the development of textbooks, digital media, and other teaching materials aligned to the standards;
  • Develop and implement comprehensive assessment systems to measure student performance against the common core state standards that will replace the existing testing systems that too often are inconsistent, burdensome and confusing; and
  • Evaluate policy changes needed to help students and educators meet the standards.
  • “The standards clearly communicate what is expected of students at each grade level. This will allow our teachers to be better equipped to know exactly what they need to help students learn and establish individualized benchmarks for them. The Common Core State Standards focus on core conceptual understandings and procedures starting in the early grades, thus enabling teachers to take the time needed to teach core concepts and procedures well—and to give students the opportunity to master them.” [Common Core State Standards]

    It is always important to stay informed. So keep your eyes open for the latest updates on CCSS & I encourage you to read more to find out for yourself!

    miss miller

    To learn more about the standards themselves or Pennsylvania’s implementation of the CCSS, visit PDE.

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      State standards are so important and awareness is just as important. My hope is that these standards will be enforced giving our youth the proper education.


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