By DR. DENISE GUY
CCSS.Math.Content.4.NF.C.6 Use decimal notation for fractions with denominators 10 or 100. This reflects the exact wording from a 4th grade math standard in the Common Core State Standards, which is being criticized politically.
This standard gives the district guidance on a particular skill that students should know in 4th grade math. They should know that 1/10th is the same as .1 and so on.
Having these standards are IMPORTANT for a school district to provide a streamlined education K-12 as well as to synchronize education between schools within the state and now outside of the state.
Kansas is among 46 states to adopt the national standards for math and reading. Kansas adopted the standards in 2010 and school districts, including ours, have begun implementing them in the classrooms and in teacher training ever since.
Now, all of a sudden, opponents of the Common Core Standards are lobbying the State Board of Education and Kansas Legislators, asking that they be repealed or not be funded. They present all sorts of reasons, and there seems to be quite a bit of misinformation.
As a result, the KSDE (Kansas State Department of Education) has developed a Fact Sheet to help educators and school patrons better understand the Common Core Standards. Here are those facts:
The Common Core Standards initiative was led by states through the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers.
The federal government was not involved in the standards development and has not mandated adoption of the standards.
A diverse team of teachers, parents, administrators, researchers and content experts developed the Common Core to be academically rigorous, attainable for students and practical for teachers and districts.
Kansas revises its content standards every seven years. The Kansas math and reading standards were due to be revised in 2010.
Kansas review committees, made up of Kansas educators, joined education experts from other states in reviewing and providing feedback to the Common Core Standards.
Standards are not curriculum. Standards identify where a student should be academically at a point in time. Curriculum is how students get there and is determined by local school districts.
The Common Core Standards are benchmarked to international standards to ensure our students are competitive at home and around the world.
The Common Core Standards are supported by business and industry, as demonstrated by the open letter published in the New York Times in February 2013.
Implementation of the standards is completely in the hands of states and local school districts.
States that adopted the Common Core Standards were able to add unique, state- specific content to the standards. In Kansas, we incorporated an emphasis on Career and Technical Education. The standards, with that emphasis, are known as the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards (KCCRS).
Upon the recommendation of the Kansas Math and Reading Review Committees, the State Board of Education adopted the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards in October 2010, a full year before states were aware that waivers to NCLB would be available.
These facts, along with an explanation of data collection as it relates to the Common Core Standards, can we found at http://www.abileneschools.org/page/36567_2, my USD 435 webpage.
Please join with me in encouraging our Kansas State Board of Education members and our Kansas Legislators to uphold the standards for education in Kansas. These standards are good for schools, which in turn are good for children.