In 2009 48 states, two territories, and the District of Columbia came together to create the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), in Mathematics and English Language Arts, an unprecedented effort in a nation where there is no national curriculum. As it stands currently, 44 states have adopted and are implementing the CCSS and a host of organizations and consortia are now at work creating assessments aligned to the common core and teacher support materials to implement the CCSS across most of the nation. The committee continues to develop Common Core State Standards in both Science and Social Studies, though the release of these documents is at least a few years off.
We wanted to share a few resources regarding this effort, as through our curricular review process both Math and English Language Arts have been considering the documents and their implications on our work as an international school whose mission states we, ” provide a quality American education that enables students to be inspired learners and responsible global citizens through the collaboration of a dedicated faculty and a supportive community.”
This video provides an introduction to the whole CCSS initiative:
If you would like to know more about the Math Common Core:
If you would like more information on the ELA Common Core:
Additionally this article (Building on the Common Core) explores, once you have the Common Core in place, then what? They make the strong point that instruction also needs to change, and though this is directed more toward a US teaching audience, there are powerful points made regarding teaching and learning and how the CCSS can set the groundwork for improvement in US schools.
And lastly, though all of the talk about the Common Core centers primarily around ELA and Mathematics, this article (What Students Really Need to Know) reminds us, well, there really are a lot of other things students need to know, do well and be exposed to in the K-12 educational experience if a US-style education is to be competitive and relevant.
Please feel free to use the comment box below to engage in a conversation with other teachers at AES regarding the Common Core. And as always, if you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact the Curriculum Office.