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Oct. 4, 2011

Bethlehem elementary schools using Common Core Standards to guide instruction

Parents who attended elementary school open houses may have heard the phrase "Common Core Standards," but what, exactly, does that mean?

The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) is designed to develop a set of common, voluntary, internationally-benchmarked academic standards in mathematics and English language arts, so that students can successfully navigate a path to higher education and prepare for a global workforce.

CCSSI establishes standards that are relevant to real-world applications by placing the focus of instruction on problem solving and critical thinking. The results are standards that are clearly understood by students, parents and teachers - better ensuring an environment where everyone involved in the learning process has a clear comprehension of what is expected of the student and what a particular student needs to meet that expectation.

To read a parent guide to this curriculum, click here [PDF]. For an overview of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, click here [PDF].


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