Beginning this school year 2012-2013, North Carolina will participate in The Common Core State Standards Initiative. Hope Elementary teachers and staff have been working hard to prepare lessons to promote this initiative.
The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.
What does this mean for your child? The standards were designed to prepare students to succeed in today's global marketplace and have an increased emphasis on critical thinking and 21st-century skills. The development of these skills begins in the early grades to allow teachers adequate time to teach the advanced material, and to give students adequate time to master it. The standards emphasize not just memorization but conceptual understanding and progressive learning.
The academic rigor at Hope Elementary comprises of fully certified teachers and teacher assistants at all grade levels that will provide support and enrichment to all students in an effort to enhance and extended the curriculum for all children. Parents should expect to see students engaged in building their analytical thinking skills and applying what they have learned rather than simply memorizing information.
More 21st-century skills will be integrated, and the rigor or work will require additional student perseverance and cooperation. Literacy and mathematics skills that students learn in the first grade and subsequent grades have been aligned to what they will learn in upper grades, resulting in a coherent learning progression across each grade level.