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Advantages of CCSS

Advantages of CCSS from the perspective of students, parents, teachers and business.

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STUDENTS

  • The Common Core State Standards reflect the knowledge and skills students need to succeed in college and career.
  • The Common Core State Standards are such that instruction will specifically address student gaps in knowledge and skills as well as the need for academic acceleration.
  • The Common Core State Standards focus on problem solving and critical thinking skills, not solely on knowledge of particular facts that have little relationship to success later in life.
  • The Common Core State Standards promote student independence in learning.  Students learn to construct effective arguments, convey information, ask relevant questions and seek out resources.
  • The Common Core State Standards prepare ALL students for college and career success which leads to increased earning potential.
  • The 21st Century Skills embedded in the Common Core pave the way for students to think, reflect, analyze, influence, evaluate, and communicate; in other words become an individual who will lead in the 21st century global society and be successful in a competitive global economy.

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PARENTS

  • The Common Core State Standards ensure that all students, no matter where they live, will be focused on graduating from high school prepared for postsecondary education and careers.
  • In an increasingly mobile society, families transferring to new schools will not have to adjust to new learning expectations.  Standards will be the same for all students in states adopting the Common Core State Standards, making transitions smoother for students.
  • Common Core State Standards will facilitate conversation among parents, teachers and students about high academic goals.  Parents will better be able to work with their students and teachers in ways that support learning important content and skills defined by the Common Core State Standards.
  • The Common Core State Standards prepare ALL students for college and career success that eliminates the need for students to take remedial courses, which are typically non credit-bearing and increase the cost of completing college.
  • The Common Core State Standards advance knowledge and skills, which lead to a college education that supports acquisition of employment that pays a salary above the poverty line for a family of four.

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TEACHERS

  • The Common Core State Standards were written to be clearer and higher than previous standards.
  • The Common Core assessments will be comparable across states.  Teachers will be able to compare their performance to that of similar schools in other states, and can seek information from schools that are more successful to find out what they are doing to increase success.
  • Because there are limits on how many standards New Mexico can add beyond the common core, the Common Core State Standards and the assessments that will be developed for them are expected to replace existing tests, not add to them.
  • Commitment to the Common Core State Standards leads to less time spent helping new students catch up from states with less demanding standards.
  • Commitment to the Common Core State Standards allows for use of on-line common core materials and resources that are readily available.
  • New Mexico will be able to share the cost of developing better assessments of students’ abilities to perform in the real world.  We will also be able to share the cost of developing curriculum and professional development for teachers aligned to the new standards.

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BUSINESS

  • The Common Core State Standards reflect the knowledge and skills students need to succeed in college and career.
  • The Common Core State Standards focus on problem solving and critical thinking skills, not solely on knowledge of particular facts that have little relationship to success later in life.
  • The 21st Century Skills embedded in the Common Core will pave the way for students to think, reflect, analyze, influence, evaluate, and communicate; in other words become an individual who will lead in the 21st century global society and be successful in a competitive global economy.
  • The Common Core State Standards promote effective student communication based on audience, task and purpose.
  • The Common Core State Standards encourage and require students to employ technology and digital media.  Students become adept at selecting and using technology and media best suited to their communication goals.

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