Resources for Parent and Community Members
What are the Common Core State Standards?
Parents Need To Know? is part of the series, Spotlight on
Core State Standards that is published by Education
Northwest to keep stakeholders informed about this
parents need to know about the Common Core
Standards (CCSS)? How will they affect teaching and
assessing mathematics and English language arts? What are
the benefits and what can parents do to prepare for the
CCSS? This resource can answer these questions for you.
Child Education Coalition
The Military Child Education Coalition strongly supports
the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Every year many
children move and change schools. For these youth and,
especially for the over 1.2 million military-connected
school-age students, the CCSS provide greater clarity and
predictability, regardless of zip code.
How are these standards different from past standards?
The Common Core State Standards represent a paradigm
shift in the
teaching of English Language Arts and mathematics,
emphasizing deeper learning and application of knowledge.
Common Core State Standards: An Introduction for Families
and Other Stakeholders, makes the Common Core
accessible to families and other stakeholders.
video on the Council of the Great City Schools
website explains how the Common Core State Standards will
help students achieve high levels of learning that
prepare them for college and career.
Common Core “Building Dreams,” from Stand for
Children provides parents with a short, clear overview of
what the Common Core State Standards are, why they are
critical now, and how it will prepare our kids for
college and the jobs of today – and tomorrow.
How will these standards affect my child?
to Students with Disabilities clarifies how the
Common Core State Standards provide an historic
opportunity to improve access to rigorous academic
content standards for students with disabilities.
During this webinar,
Common Core State Standards: What Parents Need to
Know, Vermont Agency of Education staff discuss
the impact of Common Core State Standards on students and
families. Helpful tips and resources to support families
in this transition are provided.
What can parents do?
achievethecore.org contains resources which have been
compiled for parents and community members seeking to
learn more about the Common Core State Standards
Common Core State Standards website provides answers
to frequently asked questions about the Common Core State
Standards, including general information, and answers
about the process, content, and quality of the standards.
EngageNY Parent’s Backpack Guide provides information
on what’s shifting in your child’s ELA and Mathematics
curriculum; what to look for in your child’s backpack as
these changes occur; and what parents can do to support
National PTA® created the Common
Core State Standards Guides for grades K-8 and two
for grades 9-12 (one for English language arts/literacy
and one for mathematics) that include:
- Key items that children should be learning in English
language arts and mathematics in each grade, once the
standards are fully implemented.
- Activities that parents can do at home to support
their child's learning.
- Methods for helping parents build stronger
relationships with their child's teacher.
- Tips for planning for college and career (high school
Council of the Great City Schools' Parent Roadmaps in
English language arts/literacy provides guidance to
parents about what their children will be learning and
how they can support that learning in grades K-8.
Toolkit offers tips and resources to support your
child’s progress from Kindergarten through high school.
The Vermont Professional Learning Network (PLN)
provides a variety of professional learning opportunities
for Vermont educators to support the implementation of the
Achieve The Core
This website is full of free content designed to help educators understand and implement the Common Core State Standards.
CCSS Instructional Practice Guides: These tools provide specific guidance for what the CCSS for ELA/Literacy and Mathematics look like in daily planning and practice. They are designed as developmental tools for teachers and those who support teachers.
- EQuIP Quality Review Rubric: A tool to evaluate the alignment of lessons, units and modules to the CCSS.
Would you like to know what is happening nationally with the implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS)? The Business Roundtable and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched this website, TheCommonCore.com
, to provide that information and show their support of CCSS.
Core Facts & Myths:
Rumors and myths about the CCSS are causing confusion among
educators, policymakers, and the public. This resource
succinctly states the facts in relation to some
Using History to
Invigorate Common-Core Lessons
Sam Wineburg Dec 10, 2013
Wineburg presents a strong argument for the value of
integrating history and Common Core English Language Arts
in this Ed Week article.
Building Your District’s
Common Core Curriculum Plan: Lessons from the Field—San
Districts implementing the Common Core State Standards must
rethink their approach to instructional scope, sequence,
and pacing. In this free WestEd webinar, you will learn
about a curriculum mapping and planning process you can use
to support your district’s transition to the Common Core.