Kansas educators are focused on developing students who are career- and college-ready when they graduate from high school. The Kansas College and Career Ready Standards (KCCRS) allow parents and teachers to compare the academic progress not only of students who sit across the classroom, but also of those who sit in classrooms across the world. This is of particular value when families must relocate due to military service or other circumstances.
In order for students to meet the challenge of being college and career-ready, they must be prepared to compete globally. The common core state standards are focused on preparing students for this environment by providing more rigorous work and a deeper mastery of core subjects. These standards are built on the strengths of state standards and are guided by standards in top-performing countries. They were developed through a bipartisan, state-led initiative spearheaded by state superintendents and state governors. The Federal government did not write, review, comment on, approve or fund the development of these standards.
Because the common core state standards are tougher, students will have to work hard to reach proficiency. As students adjust to this shift we will see students graduating with the necessary skills to be successful adults. The skills students will develop with these standards extend beyond subject-area proficiencies to include critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity.
Here in USD 475, we firmly believe in high expectations for all students and that all students can achieve. Thus we heartily embrace the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards as these standards were created to establish rigorous, high quality learning opportunities for all students, fully implementing them at grades K-12 during the 2013-14 school year.
In an effort to educate parents about the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), The National PTA created guides for grades K-8 and two for grades 9-12 (one for English language arts/literacy and one for mathematics).
Each guide provides an overview of what your child will learn by the end of each grade in mathematics and English language arts/literacy as defined by the Common Core Standards.
- 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 only).