What Parents Need to Know About Common Core and Other College- and Career-Ready Standards

by Laurie Barron & Patti Kinney
The words 'common core' have raised hopes, questions, blood pressure, enthusiasm, controversy, expectations, political discussions, fears, and even hairs on the backs of some necks. Parents, along with the general public, are bombarded by a variety of voices and opinions about the subject. This book cuts through the myths and panic to offer a complete review of what the Common Core State Standards require of their children and their children's schools and how new college- and career-ready standards education affects their children's education - no matter what state is their home. With a focus on the standards and what they actually say, the authors answer - in clear and practical terms - the many that have perplexed parents, such as: Where did the standards come from? Who is behind these? Is this a federal take-over of education? Why do we need new standards? What is different about the Common Core standards? What will be asked of students at my child's grade level? How do the new standards benefit my child? How will my child be tested? Will my child do poorly on the new tests? How will test results be used? How can I talk to my child, the teachers, and school officials about the standards? and How can I help my child meet the standards? The book is designed as a guide to help parents move from confusion to confidence as they head to the same destination as thousands of other parents, educators, and students from across the nation.

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