On July 1, 2010, the Pennsylvania State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics. The transition to Common Core began at the state level during the 2010-2011 school year, and will see full implementation in local districts by July 1, 2013.
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were developed by the Chief State School Officers and National Governors Association in conjunction with select school administrators, teachers, and parents. This effort was focused on creating a coherent progression of learning expectations in the areas of English language arts and math for all students, K-12, regardless of their zip code.
The Common Core State Standards:
• Are aligned with college and work expectations;
• Are clear, understandable, and consistent;
• Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;
• Build on strengths and lessons of current state standards;
• Are informed by other top-performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in a global economy and society; and
• Are evidence-based.
Governor Mifflin has already started the transition from the Pennsylvania Academic State Standards to the Common Core. Curriculum mapping projects that took place in 2010-2011 began looking to the CCSS for content expectation. This effort will continue in 2011-2012. Effective 2011-2012, all elementary students K-6 are instructed in the CCSS for mathematics through the current update to the Everyday Math program.
Governor Mifflin will continue to be proactive in transitioning to the Common Core for July 1, 2013. To read more about the Common Core or see responses to frequently asked questions regarding the standards, visit the websites below: