What Your Local School District is Up To

Another academic year starts out without a whole lot of change,despite
all the rant about Common Core State Standards. Parents and teachers may have chosen which side they’re on. TV newscasters are fond of calling it a big breaking story.

Not so much.

Still it’s worth the time to take a look at http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc/. There’s a noticeable shift in math and in life science.

It’s true that, since the millennium, the United States has found for certain that, at least in math and science, our kids can’t do stuff that kids in Japan and in Western Europe handle easily. It’s also true that our high-tech companies find themselves having to scratch for competent professional staff — and yes, in some specialties, even India is more competitive than we are. One positive spin-off is that more corporate money is flowing in grants to US. universities.

In ten years’ time, the economy may reflect positive results.

In the here and now, funding for the two-year college system is what would give the fastest relief to the unemployment figures.There, funding is low and getting lower. Go figure………

So why bother to see what the state is up to with Common Core?

Well, for example, in its own words:

– In grades K-2: Concepts, skills and problem solving related to
addition and subtraction.
– In grades 3-5: Concepts, skills and problem solving related to
multiplication and division of whole numbers and fractions.
– In grade 6: Ratios and proportional relationships, and early algebraic
expressions and equations
– In grade 7: Ratios and proportional relationships, and arithmetic of
rational numbers
– In grade 8: Linear algebra and linear functions

This focus will help students gain strong foundations, including a solid understanding of concepts, a high degree of procedural skill and fluency, and the ability to apply the math they know to solve problems inside and outside the classroom.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, San Francisco Unified School District is doing something really smart:  it’s applying for a waiver of No Child Left Behind, the law passed but not funded that was mostly a photo-op for GW.  Instead they’re suggesting their own CORE program, which makes more sense.  Search San Francisco Unified School District and see for yourself.


~ by Jane Radcliffe on September 12, 2014.

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