Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a set of educational standards that ensure every students, beginning from K-12, are well prepared in mathematics and English language for college, and equipped with the right skills to meet with the high demands of the work place globally. With the adoption and implementation of these standards, graduates will be able to compete with their counterparts from other parts of the world. Common Core State Standards increase accuracy in schools and provide the students with all they need to know after graduating from high school. Currently, 45 out of the states in the US, the District of Colombia, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoan Islands, and the Anchorage, AK School District have adopted the Common Core State Standards. These Common Core initiative is led by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA), in partnership with teachers, higher learning experts, educational organizations, and researchers from several places within the country.
The Common Core standards are grouped into two categories which include the K-12 standards that address the different grade level expectation of every student in the learning process; and the college and career readiness standards that equip student with the basic skills needed for college or career. One of the benefits of these standards include ensuring all students become proficient when it comes to reading English language and mathematics, before the school calendar year runs out.
COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS IN COLORADO
In August 2010, the Colorado State Board of Education adopted the standards. When publishing the Colorado Academic Standards for Writing and Communicating, Mathematics and Reading in December 2010, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) also included the entire Common Core State Standards. Despite the inclusion of the CCSS, the CDE still maintain its Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) which include preschool expectations, 21st century skills, personal financial literacy and knowledgeable and highly skilled graduates.
BENEFITS OF COMMON CORE STANDARDS TO A CHILD IN COLORADO
- Just like the Colorado Academic Standards, the CCSS is an internationally benchmarked standard that prepare every students to become successful and take on the challenges in our global economy and society. These standards are likened to those found in top performing countries around the world.
- The CCSS is designed with principles and instructional shifts that is matched with the priorities and intent of Colorado Achievement Plan For Kids (CAP4K) to offer a coherent set of expectation, identify skills students’ need to meet with the challenges of college, while also ensuring that student will be workforce ready.
- The Common Core standards provide consistent learning target in a mobile society for each grade level. It also help create stability across county and states, especially for students who relocate from one place to the other, due to economic and personal reasons
BENEFITS OF COMMON CORE STARE STANDARD TO SCHOOLS AND DISTRICTS IN COLORADO
- These shared standard brings a solution to the increased demand for higher quality instructional resources. Through collaborative efforts among states, teachers and students in Colorado benefit immensely from the high-quality educational materials designed specifically to be in line with the shared standards, rather than having to utilize instructional materials designed for a bigger market.
- With the use of the same standard across the country, collaboration will be enhanced. Teachers in Colorado can now collaborate with other states that shares the same standard in designing common resources that will further enhance learning. It will also improve the efficiency of teachers and the quality of learning tools
- The CCSS is also designed to enhance the ability and improve the skills of teachers and students, as it requires them to use of a wealth of online tools and resources. Students in Colorado will be acquainted with a wide-range of online learning tools, making the learning process easy and fun. Some of the devices used in classrooms to facilitate the learning process include software, iPads, laptops and the internet. These tools are used in Common Core lessons to achieve educational objective of preparing the students for college life and workplace. The Common Core standards offers students the opportunity to have access to the same rigorous learning process and academic content, regardless of their location. With the use of technological advanced learning materials in Colorado classrooms, students’ academic performance will be improved and can also be measured across participating states.
These standards are evidence based and field tested to provide a solid foundation in preparing students in Colorado schools for the future. Designed using the highest international standards, the CCSS will take Colorado Academic Standards to the next level.
Education standards often vary from state to state. Many at times, teachers find it difficult to implement these standards in the classroom, and it can also be overwhelming for parents to support their child’s learning at home. Since the adoption of the new Common Core State Standards in Colorado, teachers and parents can assist a child achieve his or her goals in their classroom and at home. Before the introduction of the Common Core standards, the quality of education varies depending on the location, and this might be difficult for families who are highly mobile, especially military families. States with high-performing standards have students that pass all the basic test and graduating, yet unable to meet the requirements of college and workplace. For this reason, the college and career ready standards of the CCSS are very important factors that help students graduate with the basic skills and get them ready for college and the economy. Every student in Colorado need rigorous academics to become graduates that can compete with their colleagues not only in the next state, but also with those from the world all over. The new assessment tests in Colorado, including the Colorado Measures of Academic Success or CMAS and PARCC assessments, will begin in the Spring of 2015.
The goal of the Common Core State Standards is to ensure an excellent education for students across the country, regardless of where they reside. These standards help students improve their reading level to what they will experience in post-secondary and career. Specialized instructional staff and teachers are saddled with the responsibility to deliver high-quality, individualized instruction, and evidence-based services, using assistive technology devices.