Common Core State Standards

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Common Core Standards

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are the result of a states-led effort to establish a shared set of clear educational standards for English-language arts and mathematics. States can voluntarily choose to adopt these common standards. The standards were designed by a diverse group of teachers, experts, parents, and school administrators, so they reflect both our aspirations for our children and the realities of the classroom. These standards are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to go to college or enter the workforce. With the standards, parents, teachers, and students have a clear understanding of what is expected in school. The standards are benchmarked to international standards to guarantee that U.S. students are competitive in the emerging global marketplace.

Embracing the Common Core State Standards places DoDEA side-by-side with other school systems in the United States that are committed to improving education for all children in this country. Adoption of the Common Core State Standards marks a defining point for our highly mobile students. Consistent standards will enable DoDEA students to stay on track even when their families are moving between the states or overseas.

Common Core State Standards will not mean that DoDEA is moving toward a single national curriculum. We envision the adoption and implementation of these standards as a means to use a diverse array of rich curriculum resources that will help DoDEA formulate its own curriculum to meet the needs of our students.

DoDEA's implementation of the Common Core State Standards will take place gradually over the next several years. We will move with alacrity to keep pace with our counterparts, but will do so in thoughtful, measured steps to ensure we do our best to wisely integrate changes in Curriculum, instruction, and assessment into our existing framework. Our goal is to provide a smooth transition from our current curriculum standards to the Common Core State Standards in our classrooms across the world. As we focus on Continuous School Improvement, the Common Core State Standards will be integrated to create more student-centered learning opportunities and environments in our schools.

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