Common Core State Standards and Christian Publishing
Monday, October 6, 2014
Posted by: McClure Muntsinger Public Relations
Common Core State Standards and Christian
are Common Core State Standards?
The Common Core State Standards initiative is
a state-led effort to establish clearer, higher and more consistent and
rigorous academic standards in the subjects of English and math. The standards,
which states adopt voluntarily, are a prioritized, clearly-stated list of
skills a student must master in each grade level to be on track to succeed at
Standards provide parents, teachers and students a clear understanding of what
is expected of students. These shared standards also allow teachers to create
and share a variety of resources and tools for helping children reach academic
goals. Parents and students can read the Core standards for English and math,
sorted by grade level and subject, at http://www.corestandards.org/the-standards.
How will Core Standards impact my products and sales?
Children’s and YA
publishers or curriculum developers may choose to label products as
"core-aligned” or to list specific academic standards the products help
students achieve. If parents and educators are seeking Core-aligned teaching
resources, retailers can highlight those products with signage or groupings.
And since ELA standards emphasize reading complex non-fiction books for meaning
(called "close reading”), retailers can also direct customers to non-fiction
books on a variety of topics (including scripture, biographies, etc.).
For more videos and more information, please visit
AchieveTheCore.org, http://achievethecore.org/dashboard/408/search/3/1/0/1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12), created by Student Achievement Partners.
This links to "The Standards & Where They Came From,” which offers video
and information in these areas:
· The Creation of the Standards
· Publishers Criteria
· Common Core State Standards for ELA/Literacy
· Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
· Why the Common Core
· Common Core 101
Why do we need Core Standards?
to an analysis by ACT, three-fourths of young men and women entering college
"were not adequately prepared academically for first year college courses.” As
many as 40% of college freshman are paying for remedial classes in English and
math, to learn information they were expected to acquire in high school.
The Thomas B. Fordham
Institute, a conservative think tank, conducted a study that showed Core
Standards are superior to standards currently in use in 39 states in math and
37 states in English. For 33 states, the new standards are superior in both
math and reading.For military families who
move from state to state, Core standards offer a dramatic shift from an
education experience which has traditionally been a patchwork of expectations. Rather
than academic expectations determined by one’s zip code, Core standards provide
consistent and rigorous benchmarks for each grade level.
Common Core a national mandate dictating a national curriculum?
No, Common Core is not a
national mandate nor a national curriculum.States voluntarily chose
whether or not to adopt the standards and retain full authority for
implementation, preventing the possibility of a federal takeover. Core
Standards define what students need to know; they do not define what teachers
should teach or how students should learn. The standards help preserve
freedom for curriculum choice since these decisions are left to each state.
Local teachers, principals, superintendents and school boards will continue to
make important decisions about curriculum, teaching methods and how their
school systems are operated.
Are home schools or Christian schools required
to adopt Core Standards?
Standards are rigorous, clear and straightforward enough to lend themselves to
voluntary adoption by charter schools, private schools, faith-based schools and
home schools. All types of schools continue to have maximum flexibility on how
and what they teach their students. Individual state accountability policies
for schools remain at the state, not federal, level.
Who supports Core standards?
Supporters include the National
Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (the largest Evangelical Hispanic organization
in the U.S.), former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, former Arkansas Governor Mike
Huckabee, the Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative, the National Chamber of
Commerce, the National PTA, and Higher Ed for Higher
Standards (college and university leaders who believe college- and career-ready
standards, including theCommon Core State
Standards, are critical to
improving student success).