The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will be visiting the lake area to discuss what is commonly known as the Common Core State Standards.
The visit is in response to ongoing requests for information and questions related to the Missouri State Board of Education's decision in 2010 to adopt new standards in English language arts and mathematics. The new standards are commonly known as Common Core Standards.
The move to Common Core Standards across the state is drawing widespread attention. In an effort to help parents and community members understand Common Core, DESE will be hosting a meeting on Thursday, May 2 at Hawthorn Elementary School on the main campus of the Camdenton School District. The meeting will get underway at 6:30 p.m. and run until 8 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. Parents or anyone with an interest in the new standards from school districts in the lake area are encouraged to attend.
According to Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro, while the department has been sharing information with school districts over the past three years, it is clear that "we need to continue our outreach and communication efforts."
Nicastro made the comments in a release announcing the meeting in Camdenton.
The Common Core State Standards are a set of high‐quality academic expectations in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics that define the knowledge and skills all students should know and be able to do to be on track for success in college and careers. The standards promote critical thinking and reasoning skills that students need, Nicastro said.
Camdenton Deputy Superintendent Brian Henry said the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) documents were created by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers with the intention of preparing all students for college and career readiness.
"The level of rigor in the CCSS is generally higher than we have experienced in recent standards documents in our state," he said.
Henry said this is apparent by the increased expectations for reading levels (this could be referenced at lexile.com) and the movement of some mathematics concepts to lower grade levels. The primary emphasis on the standards will be English Language Arts and Mathematics; however, there are standards for literacy that apply to the areas of science and social studies.
"When the state board approved the implementation of these standards, DESE made a concentrated effort to inform schools of the new expectations and begin preparing crosswalks to demonstrate the similarities and differences between our current standards and the new standards," Henry said. "Though these documents are national, the direction we have received from DESE is that our curriculum will continue to be developed at the local level based on the CCSS in English Language Arts and Mathematics."
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You can access material and download information about Common Core at: http://dese.mo.gov/divimprove/curriculum/Common_Core.html. If you are unable to access this online, please call (573) 751-3563 and we will mail you the information.