As assessments and the school year wind down for 2015, Valerie Pelletier, a kindergarten teacher at Hygiene Elementary School in Longmont (CO), shared her perspective on working with Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to the Education Post. Believing that there is a lot of confusion among parents about the standards, she offers three key pieces of information that parents should know about the CCSS.
- Common Core has students spending more time on fewer topics and seeking answers based upon evidence.
- Common Core standards are grounded in higher-order thinking skills. These are the same skills students will eventually need to function well in life, whatever path they pursue.
- Common Core outlines a coherent path from kindergarten through 12th grade. It used to be difficult for me to connect what students were learning in my classroom with what they would be learning in the next two, three or ten years. Now we can see how concepts progress in complexity throughout grade levels.
Read “3 Things Every Parent Should Know About Common Core, From a Teacher,” by Valerie Pelletier on the Education Post (April 16, 2015)