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The purpose of adopting the Common Core State Standards is not simply to align with other states but rather to raise the bar for learning in all grades to ensure that our students are receiving relevant and rigorous education. The adoption of the Common Core State Standards means that your child will be better prepared to meet the demands of college and/or the workplace in the 21st century.

Over the next few years, you will notice some changes driven by the adoption of the Common Core State Standards to instruction and testing in your school that will directly impact your child. It is essential that you know about these changes and what resources are available to help you support your child.


What do the Common Core State Standards mean for parents?

  • With the Common Core State Standards, parents will know exactly what their children should learn by the end of each grade level. 
  • Establishing clear expectations for students will better enable parents, teachers and students to work together toward shared goals.
  • The Common Core State Standards shifts instructional intent from high school completion to college and career readiness for every student. 
  • When the Common Core State Standards are fully implemented, parents will see that each grade covers fewer topics, but teaches content in much greater depth.
  • Over the next several years, curriculum and assessments will evolve to align with the Common Core State Standards. 
  • With the Common Core State Standards, parents can be assured that their students are learning to the same high quality standards as other students in DoDEA and across the country.

What can parents do to prepare now?

  • Learn about the Common Core State Standards and DoDEA’s transition plans.
  • Play an active role in your child’s education at home. If you notice your child is struggling in a certain area, consult with his or her teacher to identify strategies and resources that might be helpful.
  • Explore opportunities to become actively involved in the Common Core transition through your local PTA. The PTAs have great resources available to help parents understand what this change means for their children.

PTA Parent Guides

The National Parent Teacher Association has organized resources for parents about the Common Core State Standards. 

The Parents’ Guide to Student Success (in English and Spanish) was developed in response to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts/ Literacy and Mathematics that 45 states and DoDEA have adopted. Created by teachers, parents, education experts, and others from across the country, the Standards provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career. 

PTA logoNational PTA® created the guides for grades K-8 and two for grades 9-12 (one for English Language Arts/ Literacy and one for Mathematics). Access the guides here

Common Core State Standards Implementation Video Series

The Hunt Institute and the Council of Chief State School Officers have commissioned a series of video vignettes that explain the Standards in far greater depth.

Several of the key Standards writers were asked, in their own words, to talk about how the Standards were developed and the goals they set for all students. These videos were developed to help diverse groups – educators, policymakers, parents – better understand the breadth and depth of the Standards and how they will improve teaching, make classrooms better, create shared expectations, and cultivate lifelong learning for all students. 

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