The Common Core is a set of academic standards in mathematics and ELA, English language arts/literacy. These learning goals outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade. To date, the majority of U.S. states have adopted or are beginning to adopt these standards in the classroom.
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) initiative aims to make them the same for all education systems.
What Do the Standards Look Like?
The Common Core State Standards are consistent, clear benchmarks for English language arts and mathematics. These two subjects are the focus of CCSS because they provide skill sets necessary for success in other areas of study as well. The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council for Chief State School Officers have started the initiative and continue to lead with the assistance of teachers, parents, and school administrators across the country to completely standardize benchmarks for students’ learning goals.
How the Common Core Works
The uniform benchmarks set by the Common Core State Standards ensure that all students will develop the necessary skills and knowledge for them to succeed in college and life after graduation. Regardless of where a student lives, these clear expectations have been matched up against workforce training programs, and college and employer expectations. Additionally, the Common Core allows state school systems to collaborate on tools and policies including:
- The development of textbooks, digital media and other teaching materials
- The development and implementation of common comprehensive assessment systems that replace existing state testing systems used to measure annual student performance and provide teachers with feedback
- The development of tools and reinforcement to help educators and schools provide the means to ensure students are able to learn and understand the new standards
These opportunities for educational collaboration can help promote preparedness among students for future collaboration within the workforce in the U.S. and abroad.
6th Grade Math Problems: What It All Means
To give you a better understanding, here is an example of Common Core standards for 6th grade mathematics. At this grade level, there are four critical areas that should be focused on in class. These areas include topics of ratios and proportional relationships, the number system, expressions and equations, geometry, and statistics and probability.
Four Critical Areas
- Students build an understanding of how to connect ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems.
- Students develop an understanding for the concept of dividing fractions based on the relationship between multiplication and division. Additionally, students use their understanding of number ordering including rational numbers and negative integers.
- Students begin to comprehend the use of variables and write and evaluate mathematical expressions and equations that correspond with a given situation.
- Develop an ability for statistical thinking through understanding data distribution
With 6th grade math problems utilizing these concepts consistently across the country, parents can have a better idea of where their child should be academically and students can be better prepared for life after high school graduation.
Read more about the math standards here.