NC Department of Public Instruction’s new Common Core and Essential Standards are replacing current curriculum in every grade and every course in the state for school year 2012-13. Forty-six other states and several US territories are also adopting the Common Core State Standards. Alongside the classroom changes being developed, North Carolina also had created and validated a new educator effectiveness model to improve the evaluation system for teachers, principals and other educators. Read NC DPI's (Departmtent of Public Instruction's August 7th release concerning the many changes in education, here.
[This page - a work in progress - is here to provide our parents with resources regarding new core curriculum , starting with NC PTA elementary, middle and high school "Putting It Together" brochures, followed by National PTA grade level specific Parent Guides to Student Success (in English and Spanish), must-reads for every parent and caregiver.]
NCPTA Putting It Together: Common Core State Standards in North Carolina:
National PTA Parent Guides to Student Success:
To view and print the parent guides in black and white, click here.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
In addition to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics, North Carolina adopted new Essential Standards in all other subjects including social studies, science, information and technology, world languages, health and physical education, arts education, career technical education and guidance. The new Essential Standards will dovetail with the new Common Core to ensure that our students have a greater understanding of what they are learning. Together, all of our new standards will provide a much sharper focus on::
• collaboration skills
• critical-thinking skills
• research skills
• problem-solving skills
• technology skills
The new Common Core State Standards and the new Essential Standards become North Carolina’s new Standard Course of Study in fall 2012. They have been crafted in such a way that they will ensure that upon graduation students will have a deeper understanding of what they must know to be READY for higher education, for work – and for life.
The Hunt Institute:
short videos to provide a foundation of understanding about why these changes are necessary, the premises on which they are based, and how they will impact teaching and learning:
>> Check back frequently for additional content and updates, as we update our efforts to communicate with parents and public about the transformation taking place within our schools to better prepare every student to be ready: for college, career, and adulthood.
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