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COMO YOU KNOW: Common Core State Standards

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 3:55 p.m. CDT; updated 6:33 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 9, 2014

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Summary:

Common Core State Standards are a set of nationwide educational standards created in 2010 to better address issues of education curriculum in schools. Missouri adopted the standards in June 2010, and Columbia Public Schools approved curriculum changes in 2012. The goal of the standards is to better prepare students for their life post-high school.

Factbox: 

  • Created in 2010
  • Adopted by Missouri in June 2010
  • Assessment begins in spring 2015

Full text:

Common Core State Standards were created by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. Finished in 2010, the standards are aimed at better preparing students for life post-high school, at fostering learning and at increasing students' literacy. The standards were created to combat students' lack of preparedness for college and the workplace.

The Common Core standards focus on teaching students skills in analysis, critical thinking and problem-solving. According to an article by the Missourian, results from first-year accountability tests from Kentucky, the  first state to adopt the Common Core standards, showed a 9 percent increase in college- and career- readiness from the previous year.

Under these standards, teachers will focus more on skills-based learning as opposed to lectures and memorization in their curriculum, and students will be encouraged to participate more actively in their learning and to apply the skills they have learned in class, according to an article by the Missourian. Tests under this curriculum will also be more skills-based. There will be fewer multiple choice tests and more tests based on writing, critical thinking and problem-solving.

The new standards for most classes were implemented in 2012. The new science standards, the Next Generation Science Standards, were implemented in 2013.

According to an article by the Missourian, the first accountability tests are expected to take place in spring 2015. Assessments for algebra I, government, biology and American history will take place in April, and the assessment for English I will take place in June. Quality core assessments for algebra I, physics, geometry, biology, chemistry, algebra II and pre-calculus will take place in June. Until spring 2015, students will take older accountability tests.

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Updated: April 23, 2014


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