Chapter 2
A. College and Career Ready Curriculum

In the last five years, governors and others in the states have led the effort to raise standards for what students should know and be able to do, so they will be prepared for college and careers. State leaders and educators, joined by other experts, came together to create the voluntary Common Core State Standards for mathematics and English/language arts. Forty-five states and the District of Columbia are implementing the standards, which build from kindergarten through 12th grade. The few states that have not adopted the Common Core Standards have developed their own standards. In April 2013, 26 states and four national organizations released the Next Generation Science Standards. All these standards provide a foundation for rigorous curricula and dynamic assessments but they do not set curriculum. Instead, they establish goals for what students should know and accomplish in each grade and by the end of high school. It is important that your community implement these standards, or other similarly challenging standards, to prepare students for post-secondary success.

 

Deeper Look

For more resources regarding the Common Core State Standards Initiative visit:
http://www.corestandards.org/

For a power-point addressing how one school is implementing the standards see:
http://www.edweek.org/media/2012-09-13commoncorecasestudy.pdf

For the PTA Parents’ Guides on Common Core see:
http://www.pta.org/5307.htm

CASEL, the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, provides further information and resources regarding SEL, why it matters and how communities can begin to implement. See the CASEL website, http://www.casel.org.

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