The Common Core State Standards define expectations in English/language arts, mathematics, and literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. These standards include what all students are expected to know and be able to do.*
In Homewood, we understand that students require a wide ranging, rigorous academic preparation, particularly in the early grades. Even though the Common Core Standards do not specifically address social, emotional, and physical development and approaches to learning we believe it is part of a comprehensive, school wide academic program.
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Presentation on New Common Core Standards and Testing
Key Features of the Common Core Standards
English/Language Arts and Literacy
Reading: Text complexity and the growth of comprehension
The Reading standards place equal emphasis on the sophistication of what students read and the skill with which they read.
Writing: Text types, responding to reading, and research
The Standards acknowledge the fact that writing skills, such as the ability to plan, revise, edit, and publish, are applicable to many types of writing. Other skills are more properly defined in terms of specific writing types: arguments, informative/explanatory texts, and narratives.
Speaking and Listening: Flexible communication and collaboration
Including but not limited to skills necessary for formal presentations, the Speaking and Listening standards require students to develop a range of broadly useful oral communication and interpersonal skills.
Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
Model with mathematics.
Use appropriate tools strategically.
Attend to precision.
Look for and make use of structure.
Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
Priorities for College and Career Readiness (by grade level)
*The Standards do not mandate particular programs/materials or the full range of strategies that students may need to monitor and direct their thinking and learning. Teachers are thus free to provide students with whatever tools and knowledge their professional judgment and experience identify as most helpful for meeting the goals set out in the Standards.