Common Core State Standards
Educational standards describe what students should know and be able to do in each subject in each grade. In California, the State Board of Education decides on the standards for all students, from kindergarten through high school.
Since 2010, 45 states have adopted the same standards for English and math. These standards are called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Having the same standards helps all students get a good education, even if they change schools or move to a different state. Teachers, parents, and education experts designed the standards to prepare students for success in college and the workplace.
"Common Core State Standards" Informative article from "AVUHSD HIGHLIGHTS MAY 2013"
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are the first step in providing our young people with a high-quality education. They were written with the input of teachers, parents, and community leaders, and address what students need to know and be able to do to be productive citizens in the 21st Century.
The standards clearly communicate what is expected of students at each grade level, and allow our teachers to know exactly what they need to help students learn, and establish individualized learning goals for them. The Common Core State Standards focus on conceptual understandings and procedures which are built upon from elementary through high school, and allow both teachers and students the time to develop those skills.
The CCSS will focus on math, English/language arts, literacy in all subject areas, and college/career readiness. Our district has been in the planning stage of implementation for the past year, with full-implementation in math, language arts and literacy to begin this fall .
The CCSS in math have an increased focus on application. To that end, a team of teachers has been meeting since January to revise the Algebra 1 curriculum and to compile resources for teachers. Additionally, training is being offered to all algebra teachers in June 2013. This workshop will provide
teachers with the opportunity to review new curricular units and to practice new instructional strategies. Teachers will also be provided with materials to use in their classrooms.
Healthful living will play a key role in CCSS implementation: In this course, students will begin to explore college and career options and develop technology skills. To address the CCSS literacy standards, teachers will provide students with articles, pamphlets, and other “real world” literature as part of health education instruction. Professional development for all health teachers will be held in June, where the curriculum will be further refined. In English/Language Arts, there is an increased focus on informational text, versus literature.
The AVUHSD has compiled a District Literacy Team to help teachers teach students to read complex text and then be able to write and speak about it. The team has specifically recommended that teachers focus on annotation as an active reading strategy to help students understand complex text. The team’s work for the 2013–14 school year is to help all students become proficient with this strategy, no matter the content area.
The E/LA 9 and 10 curriculum team is working to create curricular units that teach content via the Common Core State Standards and 21st Century Skills. The team has met monthly since January 2013 and will continue to work during the summer and 2013–14 school year to refine these units. There is also time set aside this summer to introduce all ELA 9 and 10 teachers to these units and the shifts in instruction that will have students focusing more on reading complex text, writing from sources, and focusing on literacy as a skill to be taught in all content areas.
On June 3rd and 4th, 2013, AVUHSD faculty, counselors, and administrators will come together in collaborative style to kick-off the Common Core State Standards implementation.
We have partnered with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) to develop essential professional learning workshops that will prepare us, in part, for the shift from a paradigm of isolation to integration across the curriculum.
This district-wide event begins with a motivational message from an ICLE keynote speaker and promises to be dynamic, energetic, and interactive. In addition to our learning experiences, we will have access to materials and services from sponsoring educational organizations. We have created a website with information for school personnel, as well as a Facebook page and Twitter account.
Visit us at: https://twitter.com/AVHSD_CCSS AND https://www.facebook.com/AvuhsdCcss