EMUHSD to Implement Common Core State Standards
By Anne Donofrio-Holter
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has announced the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Systems Implementation Plan for California which will “take our state’s already world-class standards to a new level, emphasizing a deep understanding of English language arts and mathematics to ensure our students complete high school, ready to thrive in college and careers.”
“The El Monte Union High School District (EMUHDS) is committed to ensuring our curriculum reflects the knowledge and skills our students will need in the real world,” said Nick Salerno, EMUHSD superintendent. “Common Core requires more rigor from students and require students to apply their knowledge in different settings and scenarios.”
According to Torlakson, “the first phase involves increasing awareness of the CCSS, introduces the initial planning system to implement it and establishes ways to collaborate with interested parties. The second phase outlines a transition period by building resources, assessing needs, establishing new professional learning opportunities and expanding collaboration between stakeholders. The third phase will include the implementation of new professional learning support, fully aligned curriculum, instruction, and testing and the integration of these elements for all students.”
“Common Core defines the knowledge students should acquire at each grade level in English language arts and mathematics,” said Salerno. “This will require higher order thinking skills as well as applications that include the use of data and technology.”
By federal mandate, the plan is to be implemented by the 2014-15 school year.
“As our students face a constantly changing world, we want to insure they graduate high school with the real world skills they will need to succeed in college and the workplace,” added Salerno. “Common Core is, in essence, a shift to 21st century skills that promote college and career readiness and success.”