Kansas College & Career Ready Standards
The Louisburg School District switched to the Common Core State Standards in 2013 Forty-five states, including Kansas, plus the District of Columbia, and four territories have adopted the Common Core State Standards.
In Kansas, the Common Core State Standards, known here as Kansas College and Career Readiness Standards (KCCRS) are a critical part of our state's plan to support teachers as they prepare all students for success in college and career. These consistent education standards provide a clear set of shared goals and expectations for the knowledge and skills in English language arts and mathematics that will help our students succeed. The new standards include rigorous academic content as well as 21st century skills such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.
Click here to learn more about what it means to be "college and career ready".
More than four years ago, we joined with state leaders across the country to embark on a bold endeavor - to create academic standards in math and English that, once achieved, will ensure that any student graduating from high school is capable of successfully completing first-year college courses without remediation.
We have had academic standards - or goals - for 23 years and the Common Core is simply the next step for Kansas' reading, writing and math standards. After a careful review, the Kansas State Board of Education decided to adop the new standards - the same process that we have allways used in Kansas.
Moving far beyond simply memorizing facts and fitures, the new standards will challenge our students to develop a deeper understanding of subject matter, learn how to think critically and apply what they are learning to the real word.
The new standards allow Kansas to share information and knowledge with other states across the country. Because we are all striving toward the same standards, for the first time we'll be able to pool resources, share best practices and benefit from economies of scale.
Teachers and administrators, including principals and superintendents, will decide how the standards are to be taught and will establish the curriculum, just as they currently do - allowing for continued flexibility and creativity. Teachers will continue to create lesson plans and tailor instruction to the needs of the students in their classrooms. State are currently in the process of implementing their new standards and are developing programs and materials that suit their unique needs.
Business leaders across the country, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, recognize the importance of successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards for our students' success. Kansas' support of the standards ensures the sutdents in our state have the skills they need to fill future mobs here at home.
Today's high school graduates are competing with students across the globe for jobs. We owe it to them and their teachers to implement standards that will prepare them to succeed. It's time for our legislators to put our students first and support Kansas' educators as they implement new standards that will prepare our students for success after high school.
- Educators have already been working hard to meet the demands of the new standards - which means creating and implementing lesson plans and curriculum tailored to the needs of the students in their classrooms.
- In addition, our teachers, principals and superintendents could miss out on the collaboration and sharing of resources that is only possible through standards that are consistent from state to state.
- Parents should be deeply concerned about these developments and should demand an explanation.
In the 2014-2015 school year, we will be rolling out new assessments that will not only measure how well students are progressing toward the standards, but will also provide meaningful feedback to teachers and principals to help more students succeed.
As we challenge students to reach these new rigorous expectations, there will be struggles. We must all work together to bring our new standards to life in the classroom, support all teachers and engage all students in ways that help them achieve these new educational goals.
Kansas has made significant strides to improve our economy and build a future for our young people. Retreating from the Common Core is more than simply ill-advised; it puts Kansas' students and our future workforce at a competitive disadvantage.
Thank you for your support in this important initiative for the benefit of the children whom we educate.