Getting to Know the New Curriculum
Following are resources designed to help parents and other stakeholders understand the curriculum and accountability changes for 2012.
Surry County (NC) Parent Awareness: The Common Core State Standards are aligned with college and work expectations, focused and coherent, rigorous and authentic, internationally benchmarked, and based on evidence and research. The North Carolina Essential Standards have been written for the subject areas other than mathematics and English language arts. They are narrower and deeper. They are infused with writing, 21C content, thinking and learning skills and life skills throughout the content standards. They are embedded with rigor, relevance, and relationships between and among subject areas, and developed for readiness. They are measurable and concise, integrated, and driven by the Revised Blooms Taxonomy.
National PTA Common Core State Standards Initiative: The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) is an effort designed to improve educational outcomes for students by developing a set of common, voluntary, internationally-benchmarked academic standards in mathematics and English language arts.
NCDPI Accountability and Curriculum Reform Effort: North Carolina's Accountability and Curriculum Reform Effort - also known as ACRE - is the state's comprehensive initiative to redefine the Standard Course of Study for K-12 students, the student assessment program and the school accountability model. In undertaking this ambitious work, North Carolina education leaders are the first in the nation to address learning standards, student assessments and school accountability simultaneously.
Ready for Parents: Parents are critical to their children's success. Their involvement in their student's education – at school and at home – shows their support of the teacher(s), principal and school. The READY initiative helps in this support: