teachFor years the nation's academic progress has been declining as the country had continually lost ground to out international peers. Moreover with students today preparing themselves to enter into a society where the requirements set by many of the colleges and businesses are more demanding then ever before a need for constant learning goals to provide a clear framework for educators was realized. To respond to this growing need the Common Core State Standards were created and put in place to ensure that the students graduating from high school were provided with the necessary knowledge and skills to guarantee their success in college, career and life. The Common Core State Standards in its bid to enact a favorable outcome in the success of the student regardless of where they live does this by establishing a number of clear and consistent guidelines on what the student should know in math and English language arts/literacy from a kindergarten level through to the 12th grade.

No Child Left Behind initiative standardizes the curriculum taught in schools by way of a set of high-quality academic standards drafted by professionals and teachers across the United States in the areas of English language arts/literacy and mathematics.

The Common Core is a state‐led effort that is not part of No Child Left Behind initiative standardizes the curriculum taught in schools by way of a set of high-quality academic standards drafted by professionals and teachers across the United States in the areas of English language arts/literacy and mathematics. Adopted by forty-three states, including the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity and four territories focuses on developing the analytical, problem-solving and critical thinking skills of the student by outlining a set of goals the student should accomplish at the end of each grade to raise their levels of achievement to ensure that he or she is aptly prepared for a freshman-level college program, begin an entry-level as well as assuring their eligibility for any career based training programs.

The Common Core Standards which provide a way for teachers to assess student progress during the school year to ensure that the students are on the correct pathway to a successful academic career is designed to improve upon the current level of thinking involved in preparing students for success in college, career, and life. These new standards will result in moving even the best educational state standards to the next level. Moreover since its adoption there has been a clear understanding prohibiting the lowering of educational standards within participating states. Did you know that although students are passing and graduating the required tests in even the highest performing states in the United States they still need remediation in their postsecondary work?

The Common Core recognizing the importance of both content and skills in the development of the math and English language arts/literacy adopts standards from many of the top-performing countries across the globe. In fact, the college- and career-ready standards used within the Common Core provides an appendix listing the evidence that was consulted in drafting the standards, including the international standards that were consulted during the development process and are based on a large and growing body of evidence including academic research, surveys on the skills required of students enrolling in college and workforce training programs, evaluation data identifying college‐ and career‐ready performance, and comparisons to standards from high‐performing states and other countries.

Contrary to the belief that Common Core standards do not place enough emphasis on fiction and or literature, the standards set for the English language arts require that the students be tasked with the knowledge in literature and other disciplines by way of listening, reading, writing and speech also necessitate certain analytical content for students, including classic stories and myths from around the world, founding documentation on which the United States of America, American literature, and even William Shakespeare. The continuing decisions on what content should additionally be bought in schools is decided at local and state levels.

The standards in effect set an extreme definition and readiness of the student for college and career not by following a curriculum teaching topic after topic to the student but rather by demanding that the student acquire the in-depth knowledge and skill to apply him or herself to real life situations

The mathematics standards which accommodate and prepare students for Algebra 1 in 8th grade by including the prerequisites for this course in grades K‐7 provide the students with a solid foundation in addition, multiplication, subtraction, division, decimals, fractions and whole numbers. Collectively these components bolster the student’s ability to learn and apply a learned approach to more challenging mathematical steps and theories. The middle and high school standards call upon students to reason and apply a mathematical way of thinking to solve real-world problems and challenges. The standards in effect set an extreme definition and readiness of the student for college and career not by following a curriculum teaching topic after topic to the student but rather by demanding that the student acquire the in-depth knowledge and skill to apply him or herself to real life situations as seen by college students and professionals.

One of the concerns however with having a variation in the state standards in mathematics is that different states cover various topics at different grade levels. Coming to a consensus assures that, from the viewpoint of any given state, subjects will move either up or down according to the grade level sequence. Nonetheless what is important to remember is that the development in the Common Core State Standards is mathematically comprehensible and leads to the students college and career readiness to compete at a global level.

 Common Core Standards make use of sample texts that establish the level of text complexity suitable for the grade level and consistent with the learning demands outlined in the standards. The embodiment of high-quality texts at each grade level have been well received in providing the students a rich set of possibilities and a reference point for educators when selecting texts along with the freedom to decide on what texts to use.

 Teachers know best about what works in the classroom. That is why these standards establish what students need to learn but do not dictate how teachers should teach. Instead, schools and teachers will decide how best to help students reach the standards.

 Final Note: The federal government played no role in the development of the Common Core Standards and as such state adoption of the standards is in no way mandatory.

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