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Common Core at GMS

 

     By now I'm sure you have all heard about the new learning standards that our state has adopted called the Common Core State Standards.  You may be asking yourself what kind of impact will they have on my child?  

     Standardized test scores around the state have dropped due to these more rigorous standards. At first glance it may seem like your child is learning less.  Not so, your child's test score may have dropped but the expectations for them are much higher due to these new standards.  As a result of being exposed to these new higher standards your child will be asked to "think" differently.  For example, not only will they be asked to work a problem and come up with an answer.  They will also be asked to be able to apply higher logic concepts found within the problem and apply it in a variety of ways.  

     What is GMS doing to prepare students for the new assessment that will take place next year to assess students learning of these new standards?  By the end of this school year we will have our Math and English Language Arts curriculum mapped and aligned to the Common Core Standards.  We will begin the mapping and alignment process for science an social studies later this spring.  Teachers are researching new and innovative classroom instructional techniques that they can use to challenge students thinking.  GMS will begin the study of a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy so that appropriate technology can be infused into classroom instruction.  This will allow teachers to better broaden students' ability to connect with curriculum.  In March GMS will pilot the 7th grade portion of the new assessment.  This will give both students and teachers a "sneak peek" at the assessment which will allow for a better understanding of it.

     As you can see GMS is busy adjusting to the changes that Common Core has brought.  We will continue to research and learn how we can best prepare our students to show the ability that they possess.  For more information on the Common Core Standards go to

 www.corestandards.org

PDFs on Common Core (click below to download PDF)

Common Core ELA

Common Core Math

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