Guide explains Common Core school standards to parents

2013-11-30T10:00:00Z 2013-11-30T10:01:50Z Guide explains Common Core school standards to parentsRegister staff Napa Valley Register
November 30, 2013 10:00 am  • 

In an effort to provide Common Core information to parents, state education officials have released the “Parents’ Guide to Student Success” — a series of resources designed to help parents understand what their children will be learning at each grade level in English and math.

The guides are available in English and Spanish at

Originally developed by the National PTA, each guide includes:

— An overview of some of the key items students will learn in the Common Core State Standards for English and math.

— Ideas for activities that enable parents to support learning at home.

— Topics of discussion for talking with teachers about student academic progress.

These state-developed standards, which California and 45 other states have voluntarily adopted over the past few years, are designed to provide students with the deeper learning, critical thinking and other skills they need to prepare for college and a career. They describe what students should know and be able to do at each grade level.

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  1. Crosscountrykid
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    Crosscountrykid - November 30, 2013 11:25 am
    I hope the increased emphasis on reading non-fiction includes a choice of history texts. Having just finished Thanksgiving, I bet the majority of people couldn't tell you what year Columbus landed at Plymouth Rock.
  2. alucawanza
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    alucawanza - November 30, 2013 11:48 am
  3. publiusa
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    publiusa - December 01, 2013 2:40 am
    Why don't the schools alert the families to the fact that California is the only state not fully implementing CC because of teachers intervention? Why don't they tell families that the federal government says California is in violation of federal law because our kids are not being tested, again because of teacher intervention? Read about it at
  4. Flaneur
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    Flaneur - December 01, 2013 10:33 am
    How refreshingly surprising to see Publiusa vigorously defend a top-down directive from Washington, from Obama's education czar. The Common Core is the latest, but certainly not the last, education reform idea to be enacted, and opposition comes not just from teachers. Some opposition comes from people who know education but are not teachers or union members (e.g. Diane Ravich, once a proponent of standardized testing), and some support comes from people who profit from mandated purchases of new curricular material (e.g. Joel Klein). How many states have accepted the Common Core in order to get the federal money that acceptance means? I don't know either, but I do know that it is utterly wrong to dismiss criticism of the Common Core as solely a union issue. Like "No Child Left Behind," which has now been left behind, the Common Core will itself be replaced in a few years. Publiusa, would you be more specific about the url of the (not .com) article you recommend? Thanks.
  5. alucawanza
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    alucawanza - December 01, 2013 12:23 pm
    Oh pub! You know there will be no testing this year as Common Core is being initiated. You also know that testing resumes next year. Families know this. Every teacher knows this...even us retired ones. I went to and saw only information about how to get a job in medicine. Can you be more specific about a site? Teachers cannot stop testing, nor can the union. Here's some info for you:
    The new tests will be taken by computer. Learn about it.
  6. Adamzenwine
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    Adamzenwine - December 01, 2013 1:08 pm
    You really should take your own advice and read some non-fiction. By doing so, you'll learn that the story of Columbus is somewhat bogus, and it was the pilgrams that landed at plymouth rock.
  7. publiusa
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    publiusa - December 01, 2013 5:32 pm
    This is not rocket science! Edsource Today at is the definitive website regarding California education. It has fair and partial reporting. Google Arne Duncan, US Secretary of Education to read his ongoing anger with California teachers and especially with AB494, their newest sham on our kids.
  8. Crosscountrykid
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    Crosscountrykid - December 01, 2013 7:01 pm
    Oops, my mistake. Thanks for the correction, It was Jamestown, NY, in 1607, and it was de Soto. How embarrassing.
  9. Flaneur
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    Flaneur - December 01, 2013 7:27 pm
    Glad it's easy! Now please give us the url of a page that explains why you think Common Core is good and/or is being thwarted by teachers in California.
  10. Madison Jay Hamilton
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    Madison Jay Hamilton - December 02, 2013 6:14 am
    Among my favorite bloggers can be found at

    Susan Ohanian has written several provocative essays regarding Common Core.

    Implementation of Common Core guarantees huge profits for companies such as Apple and Pearson. In school districts around the U.S., teachers, counselors, librarians and school nurses are being laid off in order to funnel more funds toward purchase of computer equipment with which to test the country's youngsters.

    "Grants" from private foundations (e.g. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) assure that support for Common Core will remain strong for quite some time. Hundreds of millions of dollars have already been spent to generate and disseminate propaganda in support for Common Core.

    The widespread mania for standardized testing and computer technology is leading to radical, fundamental changes in the manner in which public education operates in the U.S. Alas, books and pencils---and fiction---are now widely considered sooooo 20th century!

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