Ready or not, here they come. Forty-five states have already adopted the Common Core State Standards, which means for the first time there will be consistency among states in student expectations in the two core subject areas of English Language Arts and Math. The positive side is that students across the country should be taught the same material and expected to be able to accomplish the same tasks. The CCSS will also provide a more rigorous, focused, and coherent set of standards than the current standards. They are meant to reflect the knowledge and skills young people will need for success in their future college education and careers.
As a result of the new standards, state testing will dramatically change to include assignments and open-ended questions that deal with authentic and real world situations. Students will have to apply their knowledge and problem solve across subjects, rather than answering standararized multiple-choice questions. The goal is to increase student creativity, and assessments are being created to measure the growth of all student populations including those with significant cognitive disabilities. Although the tests won’t be ready for another 16 months, CCSS are already being implemented.
Here are some links to help you learn more about the Common Core State Standards:
Common Core State Standards Initiative Home
Common Core State Standards-Resources (CA Dept of Educatoin)
Edsource/Common Core Standards