Ohio, along with over 40 other states, has adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and has begun to transition to these standards. The CCSS were designed to “level the playing field” for all students across the United States. Ideally, with the CCSS it will not matter where students live, they will all use the same curriculum and have the same goals. Wapakoneta City Schools, is working on an implementation plan for the CCSS. New standards for math and reading have been implemented in various grade levels. It is our goal to be prepared for the 2014 assessments and have the standards fully implemented by the fall of 2014.
The CCSS are intended to:
- set learning expectations and learning targets that are clear and specific
- make it easier for you to partner with your child’s teachers to promote learning
- allow you to be confident your child is learning skills to succeed in today’s world
- better prepare your child for the 21st century and for living in a global economy
- give your child an equal opportunity to learn specific skills in line with the demands of college and careers
- give your child the tools they need to succeed in life
The National PTA has created a “Parents’ Guide to Student Success” for parents with children in grades K-12. The guides are very informative and can be found at http://www.pta.org/4446.htm.
There is also additional information for the CCSS for reading and math on this page. To find this information follow the drop down links under Common Core Standards for Parents at the top of this page. You can also click on Reading or Math right here.
The Ohio Department of Education has developed the video at the following link to help everyone understand the need for the CCSS and what the standards are about. Please visit Clearer and Higher: Why Students Need the Common Core to view the video.