Common Core Standards
Many of you may have heard of the term "Common Core Standards," many may not have heard of it. The Common Core Standards are being phased in, replacing the old outdated Illinois Learning Standards. The Common Core are 1) grade-specific standards in Math and English Language Arts for Illinois classrooms 2) Higher, clearer, deeper and based on what students must learn to succeed in college and modern careers 3) Creating the same expectations for all students so families can understand exactly what every student should be learning 4) Emphasizing skills students will need for the modern workplace: collaboration, critical thinking, communication and creativity and 5) Built upon strengths and lessons from the highest performing states and countries.
The Common Core Standards are indeed a "game changer" for students in Illinois and in particular here in Lawrenceville. Illinois was one of 45 states who have decided to raise the bar by adopting the Common Core Standards. Community Unit School District #20 has been working hard over the last two years to begin the process of implementing the Common Core Standards by the Fall of 2014. We are well on our way to meeting this deadline and teachers and administrators are excited about the changes.
A "Reality Check" regarding the standards. We will be expecting more of our students to better prepare them for real life; college and careers. Yet, shifting to the higher Common Core standards may temporarily mean lower grades and test scores. Families should make a plan with teachers to help their students succeed. To learn more about how you can help, go to www.commoncoreIL.org
At this website you can learn much more about the Common Core and even sign up to receive a newsletter to get the latest news on the Common Core. Take an active role in your students education. Contact your students building principal to work on any questions you have. Like most transitions we may have a few bumps in the road. However, the end result of a better prepared student for college and careers is worth any temporary hiccups along the way. Have a great day!