Brief Guides to Understand Common Core Better
The progress of academics has been stagnant for years. The remediation rates in certain subjects such as English and math have reached the highest point more than ever. One of the reasons is the existing patch and uneven standard academically on the national level. Based on that background issue, an educational initiative called Common Core is proposed by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association (NGA) in 2010.
What is Common Core?
Common Core is a set of academic standards that are aimed to establish consistent standards for high school students in mathematics and English literacy. It is claimed to be the most effective standard across the United States that now has been voluntarily adopted by forty-one states. The outline goals are to ensure that the student knows a certain education level on those two subjects at the end of the grade. The standard has knowledge and skill definition level that the high school students should gain in order to graduate and be prepared to the next academic level, entry-level careers or workforce training.
What Are the Importance for Student and Teacher?
The college and business world are being demanded of high-level knowledge more ever than before. Common Core gives them consistent and clear guidelines about what to prepare before graduating, in mathematics and English at each level of grade.
Not only implementing the standard is beneficial for the students, but also for the teacher. Here are the impacts that the teacher can get from using the standard.
- Having clear benchmarks and consistent goals in order to make the student progress on the right track in upcoming college or career.
- Having consistent expectations when moving into another school, across the districts or across the states.
- Having the opportunity to work together with other teachers across the country with well-defined and standardized education materials, curricula, and assessments.
- Having better preparation for development programs created by college and professionals in the education field.
What Are the Standards in English and Mathematics?
The skills that are critical in each content area in English and mathematic standard, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and collaboration, are what is emphasized. The standards that are required for students in English subject including:
- Foundational literature in America
- Documents about the founding of America
- Classic stories and myths from other countries
Meanwhile, in the mathematic subjects, the elements are more aimed for the students to have the ability to learn and apply various concepts and procedures, to solve issues and challenges in the real world. The standard in mathematic makes sure that the student has a solid foundation about:
- Basic math operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
- Fractions and decimals
The use of Common Core State Standards is not a mandate of any curriculum, but it is specifically created to be appropriate for what each grade level is expecting from the students. It is made based on research by expertise in education, to make sure that the student has a proper understanding of math and literacy.