What are the state's Common Core standards?

Lauren Williams's picture
Thursday, December 12, 2013

Education is one of the most important responsibilities of government. Our future is always dependent on the training, learning and accomplishments of our youth. Trying to determine the “right” way to teach or the “best” way to learn is a constant challenge for our educators.

Right now in Connecticut the Common Core Standards dictate how students should be taught in kindergarten through 12th grade. The methods of today are different from the methods used only a few years ago, so how do we know they will work better?

Let’s take a closer look at what the Common Core Standards are in Connecticut.

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are subject-based standards intended to get students prepared for higher education and the workforce. The standards feature lists of skills and subject matter that must be mastered in English language arts and mathematics in grades K-12. As the CCSS website states, “The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.”

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