Common Core & Essential Standards Parent Brief: A Call for Change
Purpose • Change is on the horizon! • New standards for NC students • All subjects, K-12 • Effective 2012-2013 school year • Common Core & Essential Standards • Provide knowledge and skills that students must acquire to be successful in college, career, and the global economy.
North Carolina Standards Common core standards Nc essential standards Science Social Studies CTE Arts Music Physical Education Health Education • English/Language Arts • Mathematics
Standards vs. Curriculum • A standard defines what a student must know and be able to do in order to demonstrate mastery in a specific content area. • All grade levels and subject areas have a defined set of standards, established by NC. • Students and teachers are held accountable for ensuring that the defined standards are met throughout the course of a school year or semester. • A curriculum is the roadmap teachers use to ensure that all standards are taught and assessed within pre-determined time frames.
Importance of Standards for Parents Academic standards are important because they • prepare students for college, career, and citizenship; • set clear and consistent expectations; • build knowledge and skills; • help set high goals for students and teachers; • provide opportunities for students to engage in challenging work; • support more effective teaching in the classroom; • promote active parent involvement!
Parent Resources • Your child’s teacher • Your child’s school • North Carolina Department of Public Instruction • http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/ • North Carolina Parent Teacher Association • http://www.ncpta.org/parent/CommonCoreStandards.html • Gaston County Schools • Curriculum & Instruction Department – (704) 866-6100