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Sonoma braces for Common Core implementation

 

What are the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and how will they change the instruction our students receive? A number of questions swirl around the changes our students will experience in Sonoma classrooms. We spoke with Louann Carlomagno (Sonoma School superintendent) and Robert Curtis (director of Curriculum and Instruction) to get some of your questions answered.

What exactly are the Common Core State Standards?

Educational standards describe what students should know and be able to do in each subject in each grade. They are not a curriculum, they are an end result. In California, the state Board of Education decides on the standards (or end result goal) for all students, from kindergarten through high school. The California Department of Education helps schools make sure that all students are meeting the standards.

In 2010, education leaders in 48 states got together to write a new set of standards for students across the U.S. – the Common Core State Standards. Until that time, each state had its own separate set of education standards, or list of skills that students were expected to be able to do by the time they graduate each grade.


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