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Nearly all 50 states have adopted the Common Core State Standards and Essential Standards. o State-led and developed Common Core Standards for K-12 in English Language Arts and Mathematics along with all other Essential Standard subjects o The focus will be on learning expectations for students, not how students get there o


North Carolina Standard Course of Study 

Common Core

North Carolina Essential

State Standards

Standards Arts Education

English Language Arts Mathematics

Career and Technical


English as a Second Language Exceptional Children Healthful Living Instructional Technology Science Social Studies World Languages


North Carolina’s Mandates

“Essential” “Narrow” “Deep” “Rigorous + Relevant” “Readiness for College and Career”

“Enduring” “Measurable” “Clear and Concise” “Prioritized and Focused”

Common Core

“Essential” “Fewer, Higher, Clearer” “Focused”

“Rigorous” “Readiness for College and Career”






College and Career Readiness




Sharing of Resources


Economies of Scale


Student Mobility

Students expectations the same regardless of where they live Students need to be more than proficient

State results will be comparable through common assessments The ability to share instructional materials across state lines can improve practice Possible savings due to sharing of resources and assessments Students moving into and out of states will have the same standards



College and career readiness standards developed in summer 2009


Based on the college and career readiness standards, K-12 learning progressions developed Multiple rounds of feedback from states, teachers, NC Input and feedback group and validation committee Groups representing English language learners and students with disabilities were instrumental in developing the ELL and students with disabilities statements in the introduction to the standards

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ELA Standards Advances


Text complexity


Balance of literature and informational texts


Direct link to college and work readiness


Literacy standards for science and social studies


Clear vertical progressions across grades


Math Standards Advances


Focus in early grades on arithmetic and operations to build a solid foundation in math


Consistent pacing across all grade levels


High school math will focus on using math and solving complex problems, similar to what we would see in the real world


Problem-solving and communication is emphasized 8

Plan to Support and Transition For All New Standards Professional Development

Provide Professional Development so that educators can: o

Use valid, reliable assessments and data to diagnose need, inform instruction, and monitor progress


Identify the prerequisite knowledge and skills that are key to mastery of a standard


Connect and apply standards across subject areas


Create plans – long-term, unit, and daily – that lead students to mastery of the standards


Explain a standard in student-friendly language and make simple and compelling arguments to students as to why the standard matters 9

Plan to Support and Transition

Specific to the Common Core Standards in ELA and Math

o Leveraging Shared Standards

Connecting educators to shared resources that will develop nationally around ELA and Math

o Building an Understanding of the Common Core

Unpacking the Common Core so educators know specifically what a student will know and be able to do

o Connecting the Common Core to the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy Interpreting the Common Core through the lens of the taxonomy to provide uniformity in all content areas

o Common Core Format Implications

Providing support around understanding the way the Common Core is organized (which is different than the ES) and what that means for instruction and assessment

o Communication Plan

Create communication plan to build stakeholder belief in the value of the Common Core 10

The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (“the Standards”) are the culmination of an extended, broad-based effort to fulfill the charge issued by the states to create the next generation of K–12 standards in order to help ensure that all students are college and career ready in literacy no later than the end of high school. 11


The Common Core State Standards set requirements not only for English language arts (ELA) but also for literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. Just as students must learn to read, write, speak, listen, and use language effectively in a variety of content areas, so too must the standards specify the literacy skills and understandings required for college and career readiness in multiple disciplines. 12

New standards  Different assessments  New emphasis on 

▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪

Integrated content Increased rigor Higher‐order thinking College and career readiness Depth over breadth


Teachers will prepare students to:  Read like a detective.  Write like an investigative reporter.  Listen like a safe‐cracker.  Speak like a teacher.


For over a decade, research studies of mathematics education in high-performing countries have pointed to the conclusion that the mathematics curriculum in the United States must become substantially more focused and coherent in order to improve mathematics achievement in this country.


To deliver on the promise of common standards, the standards address the problem of a curriculum that is “a mile wide and an inch deep.”

These standards are a substantial answer to that challenge.


Six Shifts in ELA/Literacy

Six Shifts in Math

Balancing Informational and


Literary Text


Building Knowledge in the



Deep Understanding

Staircase of Complexity


Text-Based Answers

Dual Intensity

Writing From Sources Academic Vocabulary 17


Is having common standards the first step toward nationalizing education?  No. The Common Core State Standards are part of a state-

led effort to give all students the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. The federal government was not involved in the development of the standards. Individual states choose whether or not to adopt these standards.



Will the common core state standards keep local teachers from deciding what or how to teach?  No. The Common Core State Standards are a clear set of shared

goals and expectations for what knowledge and skills will help our students succeed. Local teachers, principals, superintendents and others will decide how the standards are to be met. Teachers will continue to devise lesson plans and tailor instruction to the individual needs of the students in their classrooms.



Will more standards mean more tests?  No. For states that choose to adopt these common

standards, having one set of standards will make it easier for states to pool information and resources to develop a shared set of high-quality tests to better evaluate student progress. The goal is not to have more tests, but to have smarter and better tests that help students, parents, and teachers.



We need parent and community support as we implement this new curriculum. We believe this is the best curriculum for the way our students of today learn.


Any questions?


Common Core for Families  

description of common core essentials for parents and community members

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