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Common Core State Standards
Oregon is one of 42 states that have adopted Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The CCSS fit with Oregon's vision of quality education from birth to college and career. The goal of the CCSS is to prepare students for a successful life after school. These newly adopted standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics offer the opportunity for collaboration and innovation in schools and districts across the state and around the country.
The Common Core State Standards are a natural progression for Springfield Public Schools. Many of the goals are similar to what SPS has already been working toward: Every Student a Graduate Prepared for a Bright and Successful Future. SPS aims for students to graduate with the ability to attend college without the need for remedial classes. Common Core is, at its heart, focused on developing critical thinking. During the last several years, much of Springfield Public Schools' focus has been on improving instructional practice, including developing critical thinking in students.
What are Common Core State Standards?
The Common Core State Standards, or CCSS, are educational standards that define what students in pre-K through 12th grade should know, and be able to do, in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics. These consistent standards and clearly defined goals will help all students learn the same skills at the same grade levels no matter where they move within Oregon and 44 other states. These standards are designed to help all students get prepared for college and careers. Here is a fun three-minute video explaining the CCSS:
What does this mean for my student's education?
Whether a student stays at one school or moves often, students will be developing the same skills consistently across each grade in each school. These skills are transferable, students can take them wherever they might go. Critical thinking is the focus; students will be using evidence to support their answers whether it be in a science, history or math class. This focus shift means:
What changes might I notice right away?
What doesn't this mean for my student's education?
How will the schools test my student to see if he or she meets these standards?
Oregon has adopted the new Smarter Balanced test, designed to test students for skills outlined in the Common Core State Standards, in place of the state’s OAKS tests. Students in grades 3-8 and grade 11 will take the tests for math and English language arts once a year.
Click to read more about the Smarter Balanced test.
If you would like more information about how to help support your student at home, click here for step-by-step guides for parents of students K–12.