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Common Core Learning Standards

What are the Common Core State Standards and how do they affect my child?

One of the more revolutionary changes the New York State Education Department has recently made is the adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as a result of the federal Race To The Top (RTT) initiative.

The purpose of the Common Core State Standards is to serve as one pillar (APPR is another) of the larger federal Race to the Top education reform initiative, which aims to improve the quality of instruction in our schools and, in turn, improve student performance and college and career readiness.

Establishing common education standards throughout the nation ensures that all children, regardless of geography, socioeconomic status, or life history, receive an education that values their potential.

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.

The transition and implementation of the new Math and English Language Arts (ELA) Common Core State Standards are mandated by the state. Bethlehem began implementing some of the new Standards in the 2011-12 school year.

On this page you will find a number of resources, communications and updated information pertaining to the Common Core State Standards and how they affect the academic program in the Bethlehem Central School District.

  • Why Common Core?

View the parent information meeting and related FAQ’s about Common Core at Bethlehem Central

  • Common Core In the Classroom

See what the Common Core Learning Standards look like in the classrooms at Bethlehem Central School District

Some Eagle Elementary teachers explain what lessons are like in Common Core Math

  • How Parents Can Help

Whether or not you agree with the new standards or state testing, it is the reality our children are facing right now. Our friends over at Parent Today have provided these valuable resources for parents to help their kids navigate the new world of Common Core. Click here to read the article.

  • Shifts from old to new curriculum

There are twelve shifts that the Common Core requires of schools if we are to be truly aligned with it in terms of curricular materials and classroom instruction. There are six shifts in ELA/ Literacy and six shifts in Mathematics.