Common Core Resources for Parents

Everything you need to know

Top 8 Questions Parents Ask

Across the country, educators are implementing the Common Core State Standards. These are standards that make sense to us as teachers; they reflect what we know to be in the best interest of our students.

As teachers, we think you should hear about the Common Core from educators that are working with it every day. We’ve seen powerful examples of success in our classrooms already: students thinking critically, embracing challenges, and being proud of their triumphs. We understand that many parents may have questions and concerns about standards that will what their students learn— we did too! Below are the questions we hear most often and our answers to them.

PTA: Parent's Guides to Student Success

The Parents’ Guides to Student Success were developed by teachers, parents and education experts in response to the Common Core State Standards that more than 45 states have adopted.

Created for grades K-8 high school English language arts/literacy and mathematics the guides provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career.

Myths vs. Facts

Successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards requires parents, educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders to have the facts about what the standards are and what they are not. The following myths and facts aim to address common misconceptions about the development, intent, content, and implementation of the standards.

United States Department of Education: College- and Career-Ready Standards

Education systems only are as strong as the expectations they hold for their students. But for too long, our nation's schools have not set consistently rigorous goals for students. Students will face high expectations in the real world of college and careers. Aligning schools' standards with those high expectations is vital to ensuring student success, and to giving families and communities an accurate sense of students' progress. It is critical that, collectively, we raise the bar so that every student in this country—regardless of socioeconomic status, race, or geographic location—is held to high learning standards that will ensure students have the skills to compete in today's global, knowledge-based economy.

Arkansas Department of Education: Academic Toolkit

States across the country are implementing new standards for student achievement, designed to better prepare young people for careers and college. These academic benchmarks are meant to help parents understand the course material for each grade. They are based on the standards in most of the country and are intended as a general resource for parents, not as a comprehensive breakdown of the contents of your child’s curriculum.
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