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What are the Common Core State Standards?


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The Common Core State Standards are a clear set of academic standards that define what students need to learn in reading, writing and math in each grade to stay on track for college and careers. These new academic standards are based on research and were developed collaboratively by a coalition of teachers, school leaders and education experts from Louisiana and 45 other states, brought together by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers.

The full Common Core State Standards can be found online: Math | English Language Arts

How do the Common Core Standards affect students in Jefferson Parish?

In 2010, the state of Louisiana adopted Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math. All Jefferson Parish teachers will implement the Common Core beginning in the 2013-14 school year. Watch the videos below to learn more about how the Common Core affects reading, writing, and problem solving taught in JPPSS schools.

Why do Jefferson Parish students need these new standards?

The Common Core State Standards are more rigorous, more focused and more relevant to the long-term success of students in school and beyond.

  • More Rigorous: Common Core State Standards are internationally-benchmarked, ensuring Louisiana students are prepared to enter college and compete with their peers around the world for high-wage jobs in the increasingly competitive global economy.
  • More Focused: Common Core State Standards are fewer and more focused, providing students with more time to gain a greater depth of knowledge on core concepts that allow them to master increasingly complex material.
  • More Relevant: Common Core State Standards are more relevant to what students will need to know to succeed in the next grade and eventually in life after graduation.

In addition, the standards help put our students on a level playing field with students from across the country, by ensuring that what students are taught and how they are assessed are more consistent from district to district across the nation.

How will state testing be affected by the new standards?

Louisiana is aligning state assessments and end-of-course tests to the new academic standards, phasing in additional common core test items each year until completely measuring students’ achievement of the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math in 2014-2015.

What can I do to help my child with these new standards?

Please visit our Parent Resources page for Common Core State Standards, which includes a compilation of information and supporting documents for parents to better understand the Common Core, along with tips on working with your child to help master these new standards.

Teachers and school leaders may access Common Core resources on this page.