A More Rigorous, More Relevant Curriculum
The Common Core provides more challenging content that engages students. Teachers will spend less time giving students information, and more time helping them develop skills they need, such as reading carefully for information and using math in real-world situations.
Students will learn fewer concepts with a greater depth of understanding. For children who need extra help, the focus is on acceleration—providing support to catch up within grade level—rather than holding students back or giving remedial classes.
Our teachers are embracing the curriculum and ready to help your children achieve. The new schedules will provide more instructional time, and the District is working to offer an expanded day in more schools. We also are increasing art, music, sports, and extra-curricular activities to engage students outside the Common Core subjects.
Parents can help by making sure your children read at home, every day. Ask them questions about what they read, and help them “do the math” that pops up in everyday life. Talk to your child’s teachers, and check the websites on this handout to learn more.
Together, we can help all children to achieve the high expectations of the Common Core, which will help them to succeed in later life.