Kansas College and Career Ready Standards are...
Kansas College and Career Ready Standards are not a national curriculum or created by the federal government. In fact, Common Core standards are being implemented across the country as the result of a state-led movement of state leaders and teachers. The Kansas Board of Education adopted them as the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards in October 2010. To date, 45 other states, the District of Columbia, and other U.S. territories have adopted the Common Core State Standards.
Implementation of Common Core in any school district takes significant time and planning. Our district's implementation process began in 2011, and it is part of the 2013-2015 Strategic Plan.
What are educational standards and why do we need them?
Kansas has had educational standards for decades. They provide clear goals for student learning in different subject areas and help teachers ensure their students have the skills and knowledge they need to be successful. Common standards, which are shared among many states, will help ensure that students receive a high quality education, from school to school and state to state.
Why are Common Core State Standards important?
They are a common sense first step toward ensuring all American children are getting the best possible education, no matter where they live. Consistent, high standards across states provide teachers, parents, and students with a set of clear expectations. This will help maintain America’s competitive edge so that all students gain the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in whatever path they choose.
Will the standards force Eudora teachers what or how to teach?
No. Standards are a clear set of shared goals and expectations for what knowledge and skills will help our students succeed. Over the past year, Eudora teachers and leaders have already begun work to decide how the standards are to be met within our classes and district curriculum, and this process will continue for the next several years.
Do the standards “dumb down” what students will learn?
No. Common Core standards are designed so that all students, regardless of where they live, learn what they need to know to graduate from high school ready for college or a career. In fact, they have been built from the best and highest state standards in the country. They are evidence-based, aligned with college and work expectations, include rigorous content and skills, and are informed by other top performing countries. They were developed in consultation with teachers and parents from across the country, so they are also realistic and practical for the classroom.
Will more standards mean more tests?
No. The goal is not to have more tests, but to have smarter and better tests that help students, parents, and teachers ensure that students at each level are learning the higher-level thinking skills necessary for success.