Common Core: Standards to Help Students Succeed
Common Core State Standards define the knowledge and skills students should have to ensure readiness for college and careers.
WHAT IS COMMON CORE?
- We have always had standards, and the new Common Core standards are not much different from Arkansas’ previous standards. The big change with Common Core is that most states will now use the same standards on what every child should know when they finish the same grade.
ADDRESSING CONCERNS ABOUT CURRICULUM
- There is a lot of confusion and concern among parents and some teachers about how Common Core affects curriculum. Common Core State Standards are not a curriculum. Standards are expectations; curriculum is the program created by local districts to teach students and meet those expectations.
- If a curriculum happens to be ineffective, we should not blame the standards. We need parents and teachers to work with school officials so that the new curricula are effectively meeting the standards while sufficiently serving students’ needs.
SERVING THE NEEDS OF ALL STUDENTS
- Raising Arkansas’ educational standards is definitely good for our students. But it will be tougher for some children to meet the standards. Parents need to stay involved to make sure schools are providing struggling students with programs such as after school and summer programs to help them succeed.