The Common Core State Standards outline clear, shared goals for learning that will prepare children for college and the workforce. The standards represent an aspirational document, which is our best current description of what we want our students to know and be able to do in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics. Some students will master and go beyond the goals in the standards. Others will need close support, frequent feedback, and personalized instruction from teachers who work with them closely to make sure they develop the skills and understandings they need to thrive beyond school.
A common set of standards challenges us to ask if-- from prekindergarten through grade 12-- we have systematically provided all students with the opportunities to learn they need to thrive in college and/or careers. In districts, educators will continue exercise judgment, flexibility and creativity about curriculum, in order to make sure teaching is personalized and local curriculum builds on the strengths and interests of students and districts.
The AOE, through the Vermont Professional Learning Network (PLN), will continue to support professional development around the Common Core. Many districts are also investing heavily not only in development of curriculum, but also in developing teaching strategies and K-12 models for systematically improving learning related to the Common Core.
Pat Fitzsimmons, Common Core/Math & Science Partnership Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 479-1425