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Friday, January 17, 2014

Parents and the Common Core

We live in an age where relocation happens often and easily. A change in job or circumstances can force a family to move across the state or across the country, uprooting students from their education. A student that transfers schools may miss out on educational material or may be forced to repeat material already covered at a previous school. This has been a problem for decades.

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.

 Kindergarten  5th Grade
 1st Grade  6th Grade
 2nd Grade  7th Grade
 3rd Grade  8th Grade
 4th Grade  High School English
                     Math

Would you like more parent and family information about the Common Core? Check these out!

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