Common Core and Essential Standards OverviewThe North Carolina Department of Public Instruction have adopted Common Core Math and English Language Arts standards along with Essential Standards for each of the other subject areas. These standards are replacing current curriculum in every grade and every course in the state by the beginning of the 2012-13 school year. North Carolina is one of forty-seven states and US territories who have adopted the Common Core State Standards.
The standards are designed to be:
· aligned with college and work expectations;
· clear, understandable and consistent;
· rigorous in content and application of knowledge through higher-order, critical thinking skills;
· built upon strengths of current state standards;
· informed by other top-performing countries in order to prepare student to succeed in a global economy and society; and
· evidenced and research-based.The district has been working with administrators and teachers to prepare for the sweeping changes in our curriculum. Resources have been created and provided through online sources to assist with developing our understanding of the changes in both content and delivery of these new standards.
Our administrators and teachers are preparing for these changes now - meeting in professional learning communities to develop units that integrate literacy and technology and exploring their implementation in some areas this year. The Hunt Institute is providing short videos to provide a foundation of understanding about why these changes are necessary, the premises on which they are based, and how they will impact teaching and learning. These videos can be accessed by clicking on the following links:Common Core Informational VideosParent "Roadmaps" to the Common Core:K-12 English Language Arts (guides posted by grade level)K-12 Mathematics (guides posted by grade level)Visit this page often as we continually update in our efforts to communicate with parents and public about the transformation taking place within our schools and better prepare every student for future success in our rapidly-changing world.