Common Core: What students are expected to learn
The Department of Education held its Common Core Awareness Workshop yesterday for parents and all Parent Teachers Associations (PTA) in government and private schools here in the territory. Venue was the Lee Auditorium.
The workshop was to provide awareness for parents, to make sure they know what the Common Core Standards are and what the students are going to be taught in the next school year.
“We want students to have something after high school and not be limited by lack of skills,” said Dr. Rick Melmer, Dean and Professor of the School of Education from the University of South Dakota and one of yesterday’s featured speakers. “We want to close the gap between high school and college. Every state has its own standard. We all need to adapt the same curriculum,” he said.
The Common Core Website, www.corestandards.org states that, the Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.
The five states that have not adopted the Common Core Standards as of yet are, Alaska, Texas, Nebraska, Minnesota and Virginia.
The only U.S. Territory of the five that has not adopted it yet is Puerto Rico.
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