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Common Core MATH: Key Shifts Taking Place Now

common core math2How is Common Core Math Different 

Before we tackle the math overview we need to take a look at the “big picture.” Common Core is a real-world approach to learning and teaching. Developed by education experts from 45 states, these K-12 learning standards go deeper into key concepts in math and English language arts. The standards require a practical, real-life application of knowledge that prepares Washington students for success in college, work and life. The goal of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is to help all students become college- and career-ready by the time they leave high school. It represents a change in the way teachers teach and how students show what they have learned. Teachers in all subject areas use their content area expertise to help students meet the particular challenges of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language.

These standards are meant to align instruction across the country and even internationally. They raise expectations for students, rely on strong content knowledge from teachers, and will require a shift in how and when some content is taught. Transition to these new standards will no doubt require hard work. Hopefully, use of this toolkit of resources will help you and your team meet the challenges presented by the new standards, and—in the process—elevate learning for today’s young learners.

Common Core provides ConsistencyMath and Reading Tutoring for grades K-12.

  • Consistent learning expectations for all students. Clear standards that focus on understanding over memorization. Emphasis on the critical topics students need to succeed after high school. 
  • This is going to be great for students moving from state to state from one school year to another or even mid year. For example, if someone moves from Arizona to Georgia, their previous school year’s curriculum and class credits will transfer seamlessly with the unification of grade specific standards.

Math Standards: Key Features

The math Standards are broken down into two separate practices. Where these two different styles of standards intersect is in the goal to improve the overall achievement in math instruction.

  1. Those dedicated to creating students that are avid and participatory practitioners of math.
  2. Those content standards used to guide the teacher in developing student fluency in procedural and content understanding.

Key Shifts Taking Place in Math Instruction

The standards focus on key topics at each grade level so that teachers and students can delve deeper into the content. There is an emphasis on consistency at each level: forcing students and teachers to make connections across content, again to promote deeper meaning. When looking at mastery for each standard, the Common Core calls for fluency on performing calculations and solving problems, thus creating a math applications habit that fosters critical thinking, reasoning, problem solving and engagement. 

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Resources: Common Core State Standards Initiative, MasteryConnect, Achieve Organization, K12BluePrint

Math Common Core Standards- Answers For Parents

Common Core Standards- Answers For Parents

Blog Discussion Part 1- MATH

The Framework of Current Math Units

States affected by the Common Core States

States affected by the Common Core States

The math units currently being taught in public schools in states that have adopted the Common Core Standards were thoughtfully developed by the collaboration and dedication of mathematics teachers and administrators/ supervisors from across the nation.

K-5 Common Core Math Overview

The K-5 standards are organized using math concepts that connect topics across the grades clusters and progress in complexity from grade to grade. The goal is to clearly define what each student should know per grade. These standards include skills and overall knowledge of the concepts, as well as their practical application.

The Kindergarten through fifth grade standards are organized in the following concepts: counting and cardinality; operations and algebraic thinking; number and operations in base ten; number and operations – fractions; measurement and data; and geometry. The concepts vary appropriate to the grade level. For example, counting and cardinality is a key concept in kindergarten, while number and operations – fractions is a key concept for third grade.Middle School Tutoring for grades 6-8 at Omega Learning.

The standards should provide students with a solid foundation in whole numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals, all of which are needed for multi-step math concepts in middle and high school.

The K-5 standards provide guidance to teachers on how to navigate their way through difficult math concepts such as fractions, decimals, and geometry. The standards represent the latest research and insights of professional mathematicians alike. 

Using the best practices of other countries and learning from their success, America’s Common Core math standards should help fill our deficiencies and bridge the gap between knowledge and application. By moving away from the mile wide and inch deep approach that clearly hasn’t worked, America is using these new Common Core math standards to improve our math scores as a nation.

The new focus in the K-5 standards is comparable to that seen in high-performing countries, encouraging our students to master topics by developing fluency of conceptual understanding and NOT simple memorization. For the last decade or more, US practices were to encourage students to learn enough to score highly on the text quiz or test, allowing our students to rely on their short term memory and not a thorough understanding of the math concepts. 

Misconception Among Parents

Arguments for and against the new standards have had little impact on public opinion because, unbelievably, 62 percent of Americans have never heard of the Common Core.

Parents are fraught with fear of the unknown and therefore resistant to change. Whether Common Core is the answer or not, parents need to see that we have a serious problem, and that regardless of the solution, change IS needed. As a nation we need to see the pure value of “change” and its necessity to help our students succeed.

Some parents feel that it’s just another way for the government to take control. It’s one more rule. One more law. One more freedom lost.  But many do not see it that way. I believe the intent is altruistic and has a real long term value for our students.  The real long term value for our nation is increased SAT scores in math and the ability to compete on a world stage in the arena of math and science. Also, providing our students with curriculum that is aligned from state to state has tremendous value. For example, if a family with a 10th grader moves from New York to Georgia, their student will have the next math course is succession, which is often not the case by previous standards.

A common misconception is that by teaching our students real world application skills, we are preparing our children for a non-college prep vocation. This is simply not true. Practical, real world application skills are needed for all of our students so that they can make a logical transition into the post-high school/ post-college world with information they can use to become responsible, successful adults. Currently the disconnect is preventing our students from seeing their education as anything more than the required due diligence before attempting to get a job after schooling.

Written by Kimberly Smith

Omega Learning Center Franchisor

CEO/ Co-Founder

If you found this interesting, stay tuned next week for part 2 of our blog discussion. 

“Reading Common Core Standards- Answers For Parents”

At the heart of contention is the social studies and state history aspect of unifying a nation’s curriculum. What most parents do not realize is that written in the common core standards, states have the ability to customize that part of the social studies. Read next week’s blog Education In Flux: Part 2 K-5 Reading Standards.

Parent Resources:

Tutoring Services for K-12 Grades. Math Tutroing, Reading Tutoring and SAT / ACT Prep.Click here to find all math standards listed by grade:

Click here to find the glossary of mathematical terms used in common core math:

Call Omega Learning Center for information regarding your state and county specific public school districts and common core integration. Omega Learning Center can help parents with informational seminars and Common Core-aligned tutoring and test prep programs K-12. Call Omega Learning for more information: 770-751-0181.