APS Common Core State Standards Implementation
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. In addition, implementation of these real world standards is designed with student success as an outcome, thus leading to closing the Achievement Gap and acceleration of student progress. Implementation of the standards requires that teachers mindfully address instructional shifts and pedagogy and have the content knowledge and critical thinking strategies needed for our diverse student population to be college and career ready. With our students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.
2 HOTLINES TO HELP
HOTLINE FOR K-3 SCOPE AND SEQUENCE & UNITS OF STUDY K-3Scope.Units@aps.edu -- Here's a place to send any questions you might have about the scope and sequence or the units of study. Provided by: Curriculum & Instruction
HOTLINE FOR DISCOVERY EDUCATION
DiscoveryEdHotline@aps.edu - Do you have any curricular questions? You can email those questions to this address for answers. Provided by: Curriculum & Instruction
Linda Sink & 2 Pilot Teachers Speak about the Common Core
Introduction to CCSS (English Version)
Introduction to CCSS (Spanish Version)
- The Common Core is designed to connect K-12 standards to the demands of readiness for post-secondary education.
- The standards are focused, coherent, integrated, and clear. Clearer standards help students (and parents and teachers) understand what is expected of them.
- Expectations are consistent for ALL students, resulting in academic success that closes the Achievement Gap and encourages accelerated student progress.
- The Common Core closes the gap in the quality of high school courses across schools by offering ALL students rigorous high school core courses.
- The rigorous core curriculum and focus of the Common Core close the gap in college readiness as well as increase success rates for college retention, completion and achievement.
- The standards are internationally benchmarked. Common standards will help ensure our students are globally competitive.
- The Common Core is focused, thus giving students and teachers more time to master the essential skills.
- Common Core instruction supports teaching that addresses the needs of ALL students including ELL, bilingual and culturally diverse students.
- High standards for ALL students close the gap between aspirations for college and career and readiness to achieve success in either arena for ALL students.
- Adoption of the Common Core addresses the variation in quality and rigor across the nation. Major studies identified the existing state standards are a mile wide and an inch deep - they lack focus and coherence.
- The Common Core was developed using the research and knowledge from top-performing countries, educators, content experts, researchers and national organizations.
- The standards create a foundation to work collaboratively across states and districts, pooling resources and expertise, to create curricular tools, professional learning, common assessments and other materials.
- CCSS is a state-led effort of over 45 states with teams of teachers, curriculum and assessment experts, researchers, and national organizations.