With Common Core, the emphasis for student learning is on critical thinking and problem solving. We are asking our students to go deeper into literature and nonfiction texts and to use evidence to support ideas and writing. In math, we are asking our students to fully grasp one concept before moving on to the next, so the foundation of understanding is stronger.
Parents can help by reading with their children and asking them to talk about and explore ideas about what they read. Work with them on vocabulary, and encourage them to learn new words and try them out in sentences.
Also, check out the resources below for more information and useful tips.
Connecticut's official Common Core website for parents and educators is here: www.ctcorestandards.org
Click here for an overview of Common Core and the new assessments - by the National PTA
Click here for a grade-by-grade overview of what your child will learn in English Language Arts and Math - by the National PTA (Oprima aquí para español.)
Read the new standards at www.corestandards.org.
Take a practice test by clicking here.