Sharon Kennedy
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March 21, 2012
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How your children will benefit from Common Core State Standards

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — This school year (2011-12), the state of Nevada and Washoe County School District have begun a shift toward Common Core State Standards.

The mission statement associated with the standards that have been adopted by 45 states is:

“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. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.”

Washoe County School District has begun planned implementation of CCSS, so, while instruction within the classroom may currently appear the same, students are being exposed to greater depth in subject areas.

The Common Core State Standards for English language arts include standards for use in English language arts courses, as well as literacy standards in history/social studies, science and technical subjects. The standards for English language arts describe expertise that students will develop in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language. The standards also describe how students use and strengthen these skills — particularly reading and writing — in other subjects at their grade level.

The Common Core State Standards for mathematics include two types of standards: one for mathematical content (what students know about math) and one for mathematical practice (how students are able to apply and extend math principles). The two are linked together while students are learning. Teachers at Incline Middle School are in the process of weaving these newly adopted standards into the current Nevada State Standards until current state assessments are based entirely upon the new standards. Shifting to CCSS will allow us to enhance our academic alignment from K-12 and require us to increase rigor as we continue to prepare our students to be college and career ready.

In conjunction with the 21st Century Speaker Series at Sierra Nevada College, several district level administrators from Washoe County School District will be presenting information on this topic to the community. The presentation will be given on March 29 at 5:30 p.m. at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences at Sierra Nevada College on the first Floor.

SNC will set up a web-based reservation site, but interested parties can also contact Mary Alber at 775-224-3736.

— Sharon Kennedy is principal at Incline Middle School.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Mar 21, 2012 03:35PM Published Mar 21, 2012 03:34PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.