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The Common Core State Standards and Parents and Guardians

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) provide a practical way to prepare children for the challenges of a constantly changing world – by learning step-by-step the real-world skills they need for career and college.

Common Core Standards were implemented nationwide in the 2015-2016 school year.
The stated aim of the Common Core Standards is to define the knowledge and skills students should achieve to graduate from high school and be prepared to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in  workforce  training programs-College and Career Ready.
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This last year, teachers have devoted time to learn about  these standards in each content area and to begin to plan units and lessons that  align with Common Core Standards.  This year, teachers are fully engaged in planning and implementing curriculum and instruction that aligns with the Common Core Standards.
 
As a result, there will be changes in what your student is expected  to know and be able to do. For example, there  will be an emphasis on content area literacy across all disciplines with more attention placed on writing - in particular, argument writing, including responding to ideas, events, and arguments presented in texts.   Writing and reading includes independent research to develop and support arguments. 
 
The greatest shift will be in mathematics as the middle school curriculum and what students are expected to know and apply will  change dramatically. Middle school math courses will integrate pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry over the course of three years.  This curriculum is designed for students to study content in depth and apply their knowledge to solve relevant problems.
 
The adoption of the Common Core Standards (CCSS) offers educators both an opportunity and a challenge. For the first time, the United States has acknowledged that in a global society the knowledge and skills students require are not limited to the boundaries of their state. For the first time, the United States has taken meaningful steps to articulate the essential learnings for all students whether they live in New York or New Mexico.
 
3 minute explanation of Common Core on YouTube