Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
The Common Core in CREC Schools
In 2010, Connecticut adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), a progression of learning expectations in mathematics and English/Language Arts. These standards are designed to prepare students for success in college and a career. CREC has adjusted its curricula to align with the Common Core and ensure that all children graduate high school with the skills they need to be successful.
In Mathematics, this means three major changes
Teachers will concentrate on teaching a more focused set of major math concepts and skills. This will allow students time to master important ideas and skills in a more organized way throughout the year and from one grade to the next. It will also call for teachers to use rich and challenging math content and to engage students in solving real-world problems in order to inspire greater interest in mathematics. Students will actively work with their peers, learning mathematics with an emphasis on the standards of communication, reasoning, representation, connections, and problem solving.
In English/ Language arts, this means three major changes
In addition to short stories and other literature, students will read more texts that provide them with facts and background knowledge in areas including science and social studies. They will read more challenging material and be asked questions that will require them to refer back to what they have read. There will also be an increased emphasis on building a strong vocabulary so that students can read and understand difficult texts.