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Common Core State Standards and Christian Publishing

Monday, October 6, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: McClure Muntsinger Public Relations
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Common Core State Standards and Christian Publishing

What 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 college-level work.

Core 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

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,, 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?

According 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.

Is 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?

Core 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).

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