The English language arts Common Core State Standards require increased critical thinking and analysis skills, designed to equip students with the sophisticated literacy and communication skills necessary for success in the Information Age. Specific shifts include an increased emphasis on reading and analyzing informational/nonfiction texts; the use of more complex reading materials to bridge the gap between K-12 reading and post-secondary reading; argumentative/opinion writing; and the use of text-based evidence to support thinking.
The Common Core State Standards include kindergarten through 12th grade.
The Common Core State Standards include mathematics and English language arts.
The locally developed Lee’s Summit R-7 curriculum includes Essential Standards and Learning Targets, supported by:
- Units of study
- Instructional timeline
- Instructional resources – textbooks, etc.
- Instructional activities
No. The Common Core State Standards are not a curriculum. They are expectations, serving as a guide for curriculum. Local school districts have the authority to decide how the Common Core State Standards are met.