Month: February 2014

More Information On The Common Core Standards

I’ve been receiving some follow-up questions from some parents about the core standards and so I thought I’d post another article with another author’s perspective I found in this article by Nathan Robertson from

What Are The Common Core Standards?

The Common Core Standards (CCS) is a national program in the United States that has been adopted by a majority of the states. It is designed to clearly lay out what is expected of each student according to what grade level they are in.

The Purpose of Common Core Standards

According to the Common Core Standards website, the mission of the initiative is to set forth a clear and consistent understanding of exactly what children need to learn during each grade level. These requirements help parents and teachers to know how they can help the student. The standards are meant to correlate with what the child will face in the real world, so that he or she will be ready for college and a successful career. The better prepared students are, the more likely they will have a positive contribution to society. This will help the American people be able to successfully compete in a global economy.

How were the Common Core Standards Developed?

A lot of time and research went into forming the Common Core Standards. They were developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association for Best Practices (NGA Center). These groups worked with participating states’ representatives, educators, community and national organizations, researchers and content experts to come up with the final Standards.

When developing the Standards, these groups followed certain criteria to ensure that students were learning what was important. They designed the Standards to build upon the lessons and state standards that were currently in place, but to also include rigorous content. They wanted the Standards to coordinate with college and career expectations and to be based on evidence and research. These groups looked at the top-performing countries and what they were doing. Based on these observations, they implemented changes in order to prepare students to be successful in the global economy.

What is Included in the Common Core Standards?

The Common Core Standards set forth requirements in both English and mathematics. They also include standards for literacy in science, history and technical subjects. These are skills that a student is expected to know when he or she finishes each grade level from kindergarten to 12th grade.

In Conclusion

When the Common Core Standards are followed, parents, teachers and students can work together toward a common goal. As formative assessments are done each year and compared to the CCS, the child’s progress can be monitored. This ensures that the student is prepared for success in the future, both in college and his or her chosen career.

About the Author

According to the Common Core Standards ( CCS ) website, the mission of the initiative is to set forth a clear and consistent understanding of exactly what children need to learn during each grade level. Formative assessments are conducted annually to measure progress.

I hope that helps with your understanding of the common core standards and makes it a little more clear for you all!

Have a great day.

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Tutors May Be the Answer If You’re Having Math Problems!

Quite often students get frustrated and have a hard time when dealing with math in school. It will usually get worse if they aren’t given some special attention and help. I thought I’d share this article from “” with you that puts into words, exactly how frustrating it can be for a student trying to learn math.

Having Difficulties in Math? Tutors May Be the Answer!

Learning difficulties in Math cuts across border, nationality, age and gender. Everywhere we hear students lament on how they are unable to catch up with their Math lessons, and how they are ultimately doomed to get a fail mark on the subject. Sometimes in frustration, students develop intense hatred or a phobia of Math.

Math is indeed a challenging subject that requires concentration, practice and dedication from students. Route memorization does not count; students need to understand the numerous formulas and apply it in daily life. Albert Einstein, the renowned science genius, even tried to comfort us in our Math reverie when he said that we should not worry about our difficulties in Mathematics, for his are much greater.

Difficulties in Math stem from the fact that compared to other academic subjects Math builds on itself year after year. This means that from simple calculations, lessons progress to more rigorous and demanding math problems. Thus from fractions, students must learn trigonometry, calculus and statistics in a few years time. This means those students who begin struggling with Math this semester or year, will struggle even more for the semesters and years to come. Learning difficulties in Math pile up as the lessons progress.

With this in mind, it is important that we address any difficulties in Math as soon as they emerge. Supplementary classes and math tutorials are beneficial to support students struggling in the subject. Math tutors, with their extensive experience and exposure to the techniques necessary in developing a child’s competence in numbers, are perfect mentors to students. C2 Math Tutors, in particular, help students in every step on their way towards numerical competency. C2 Math tutors provide students with conceptual understanding necessary for future math courses. Not only will students become more enthusiastic in doing their homework but also acquire good work habits for long-term success.

C2 math tutors benefit not only students who are struggling with Math but also those who need the added guidance and support to further careers in science and engineering. Math tutors provide a preview of the various upcoming courses that would give students a head start in college. A C2 math preview course provides students introduction to the fundamental concepts for upcoming math classes, build their confidence to tackle complex math problems and help students get ahead of their peers.

Math tutors at C2 Educate are qualified to teach the various levels of math, including algebra and advanced calculus. The other areas the C2 Math tutors offer help are: Algebra I and II, Geometry, Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus, Advanced Calculus and Statistics.

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Core Standards

Did you know that the Common Core Standards have been adopted to better help educate and evaluate that education for your children?

These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs. The standards:If you don’t pay much attention to what’s going on in the academic world, you should read this article I found. It will give you a better understanding of just what the core standards are and how they apply to your student. (You can read more about the specific New Jersey Common Core State Standards by clicking here.)

For the general informatio on the Core Standards, check out this article by Gage Meyers from Article Dashboard.

Common Core State Standards: A Note To Parents

Since the roll out of the Common Core State Standards in June of 2010, over 40 states have adopted them.

Here is the Common Core State Standards mission statement:
The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.

Experts in the field of education are weighing in on this topic, both positively and negatively, but it is the negative perception that seems to be winning out (for now).

Here are the negative perceptions out there:
The Common Core will lead to a national curriculum and a national assessment.
The Common Core will take over our children’s minds.
The Common Core will take over state control of education.
The Common Core will turn our educational system to that of the European-style socialism.
The Common Core lacks specific content.

My objective is to show you how the Common Core State Standards will better prepare our students for their futures, but why listen to me?

First, I am a parent of two daughters, on in high school and one in middle school. I have been an educator for 21 years as a classroom teacher and currently as a school administrator. I have not only reviewed the Common Core State Standards, but have revamped my curriculum around the Common Core and have guided my staff in revising five courses, moving from a content-driven curriculum to a skills-based curriculum. Since our revisions, we have data to show that our students have learned specific skills that will help them succeed in school and in their future.

What are the benefits of the Common Core?

Moving from a content-based curriculum to a standards-based curriculum will provide students with the necessary tools to prepare them for post-secondary opportunities.

The Common Core State Standards, aligned with college and work expectations, focus on learning expectations and will improve the academic achievement of all students.

The benefits of the Common Core State Standards will positively impact both teachers and students alike.

The Common Core State Standards will provide students with the necessary skills to access higher education and to compete globally in the workforce. The Common Core is a vehicle that will assist educators in creating quality and fair skills-based instruction for all students. The 21st century skills embedded in the Common Core will pave the way for students to think, reflect, analyze, influence, evaluate, and communicate.

The Common Core State Standards will enhance teacher collaboration. When teachers across the nation use the same standards and common language, collaboration becomes more meaningful. Professional development at conferences, professional organizations, and across networks will be more powerful than ever. When teachers share best practice, students benefit.

The Common Core State Standards will provide more stability for the mobile student. In order to close the achievement gap once and for all, educators need consistency with learning targets for each grade level. Clear expectations across each county, state, and nation will help create constancy for students who move due to economic and personal reasons.

Let me provide a rebuttal to the negative statements from above:

The Common Core will lead to a national curriculum and a national assessment and will take over state control of education.
The Common Core is not a federal initiative. The states and local school districts will have the control over implementation and assessment of the Common Core.

The Common Core will take over our children’s minds.
Please review the Common Core and read its standards. They are rigorous. I want them to take over my children’s minds because I know they will then be ready for the 21st century global workplace.

The Common Core will turn our educational system to that of the European-style socialism.
Once again, the Common Core is a set of skills that will better prepare our youth. If we all understand what our children are expected to learn from kindergarten through 12th grade, we can help them succeed. A strong connection can be built between teacher, student, parent, school, community when we all have a shared knowledge of the skills being taught.

The Common Core lacks specific content.
We live in a world where knowledge is at our fingertips. The Common Core is designed as a systematic road-map to develop a set of important skills that will help students understand, analyze, apply, and synthesize content. Yes, I understand content is important, but it has been the driving force for too long in education. Let’s use the Common Core as the driving force teaching skills in school and provide content that is necessary, relevant, engaging.

The Common Core State Standards will help our students become the thinkers, innovators, and leaders of not only the United States, but the world.

By: Gage Meyers

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Gage Meyers has been in education for 21 years. He has analyzed in-depth the Common Core State Standards and believes if implemented correctly, will enhance student achievement.

So hopefully you have a better idea as to the standards that your children will be educated and evaluated with now.

If your child needs additional help with learning math, please visit us at Mathnasium of Cherry Hill – we make math fun!

Have a great day!


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