However, forty-five states have adopted a set of standards that allows students to cover the same topics and have the same expectations regardless of how often they transfer schools. These Common Core State Standards currently cover the areas of reading and math, and teachers in Wisconsin have been implementing them in their classrooms for a couple of years now.
We have had state standards in education for decades, these are just new, with more 21st century standards. No matter which standards educators use, they are just a guide for teachers to help ensure that all students are high achieving. Educators modify assignments, projects, topics, and expectations to align with local issues and community needs, and will continue to do so even with these new standards.
But what can you do as a parent to support your child's learning with these new Common Core Standards? The answer is a lot! The most important thing is to communicate with your child's teacher about what is being covered in class and ask if there is anything you can do to support their learning. Teachers may have specific activities you can undertake with your child or general ideas of things to incorporate into your home-life. Watch for notes home, check their website, and stop by during parent-teacher conferences. Any information you can get will only support your child's learning.
If you'd like some tips right now, check out these parent guides, created by the National PTA.
|1st Grade||6th Grade|
|2nd Grade||7th Grade|
|3rd Grade||8th Grade|
|4th Grade|| High School English
Would you like more parent and family information about the Common Core? Check these out!