What Are the Standards for the Common Core Curriculum?
Written by Rachel McDevitt
Last updated on June 06, 2014 @ 12:57PM
Created on June 05, 2014 @ 6:00PM
Starting next year Marion County Schools will be switching over from 21st Century Standards, measured by the WESTEST to Next Generation Standards, otherwise known as the Common Core.
Students and teachers are going to see some distinct shifts in English language arts and math, that put a lot of focus on vocabulary and basic math facts. Marion County Schools have been trying to prepare teachers over the last two years with workshops on how to change their curriculum maps, so they can teach to these standards, which will have students reading non-fiction for information and evidence, learning to write using that evidence, and looking closely at more challenging material. They will also learn more about key topics in math, develop speed and accuracy, and put more emphasis on solving real-world problems.
Basically, the Common Core standards will measure how well students can think critically and apply what they've learned to solve problems, but the main reason our state adopted the standards is that there's pressure on a national level to implement these standards.
"We've pretty much moved over to those standards because it was a national push, and if we're going to compare ourselves to other areas of the country, then we probably should be looking at, our we teaching our children the same kinds of things?" said Randy Farley, administrative assistant for curriculum and instruction for Marion County Schools.
Administrators are confident that they're teachers will be able to adapt to these standards and keep Marion County Schools successful.
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