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This week on teacher tips, we're going to dive in to the Common Core State Standards. If you're an educational teacher inside of a public school, likelihoods are that you have been impacted by the Common Core State Standards in some way over the past couple of years. In this presentation, we're going to break down, what exactly the state standards are? How we access them and how we use them in our own classroom? Lets go ahead and dive right in by understanding where the Common Core comes from. The official authors of the common core, are the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, often abbreviated as the NGA center.
And the Council of Chief State School Officers also abbreviated as the CCSSO. Now, while these organizations are given the credit for writing the actual Common Course State Standards. The standards themselves were developed by teachers, principles, parents and a variety of other voices that helped shaped, what was required of our students to be college and career ready. These two entities have helped write a mission statement to help focus what the Common Core State Standards are. They say 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 the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy. Let's go ahead and unpack this mission statement a little bit. The Common Core State Standards are designed to put everyone on the same page in terms of what our students really need to be successful. Please note the word core in Common Core.
This is also not instructing teachers what they need to do in the classroom, to make students fully prepared for college and career. It's about understanding what our students actually need to be successful. This is also bringing parents into the picture. So our parents and teachers can work together to create students that are holistically well rounded. That are ready to enter a college and career after a K-12 education. And be prepared to compete for jobs not only in our nation, but also in the global economy. The Common Core State Standards are then broken down by two main categories.
One is mathematics, the other is English language arts, and literacy in History/ Social Studies, Science, and technical subjects. Now, that's a mouthful. The English language art standard is often referred to as the ELA and literacy standard. As we go through this presentation, I'll refer to this section of the common core as the ELA and literacy standards. The question now becomes, where did these standards come from and how were they developed? The Common Core State Standards are based on research and evidence. They're aligned with college and work expectations. They're rigorous. They're internationally benchmarks.
We compared them to what students are able to do in other countries. And they're living work, meaning they will change with the times. The developers of the Common Core State Standards actually went out and got information from companies and associations. They involved teachers and best practices across the nation, to come up with a set of standards that really get at the heart of what our students need to be college and career ready. When it comes to fully understanding the Common Core State Standards, there's a few things to keep in mind. Number one. They are not required by the government. The states chose to independently come together and come up with a Common Core.
The states then can volunteer to adopt the Common Core. Currently forty-five states have chosen to adopt the Common Core. Once a state has adopted the Common Core, they then choose a year for implementation. The Common Core is also focused on core ideas, and not entire content. Typically, the Common Core needs to be paired with district or state learning objectives. The district or state learning objectives should encompass the ideas of the Common Core. But they should also expand beyond that, to tell the teachers exactly what the students need to learn. The Common Core is also not a scope in sequence.
So, the ideas in the Common Core may be taught out of order, if it fits into the ideas of the district or state. Furthermore, the Common Core is spiraled, meaning that it builds on prior grade-level standards. We'll take a look at some of the spiraled nature of the Common Core State Standards, as we start diving into them. The Common Course State Standards initiative can be accessed by going to www.corestandards.org. Here you have access to a lot of information, including the standard themselves. Before we dive into the standards, I'd like to quickly show you how you can access your state, to determine whether or not your state has adopted the Common Core State Standards.
And what year they've elected to implement the Common Core State Standards. To access this from the core standards home page, click on In The States. Here we have an interactive map that loads and you can simply choose a state from the map. I'm going to go and click on Maryland. And here I can see that Maryland adopted the Common Core on June 2, 2010. And their full implementation is the 2013/2014 school year. I can also choose the link then to go to the Maryland state page. Where I can now access their curriculum that implements the Common Core. Once you've taken the time to determine if your state is a voluntary state and the year of implementation.
The next step is to learn how to access the specific standards that you'll be teaching in the classroom.
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