Arizona is working to implement new standards in English language arts and in mathematics, called Arizona’s Common Core Standards that will ensure your child has the academic knowledge and skills to be successful in college, career and life. Academic standards set the expectation for what students need to know and be able to do in each grade and subject. They form the foundation of what teachers teach and students learn in the classroom.The new Standards are important because they will not only improve what your child learns, but how he learns by teaching critical-thinking, problem solving, and effective communication skills. They will also better prepare your child to compete for the jobs of the future with students from around the world.
The new Standards and future assessments will also be consistent across states, which means that as families move to a new state or to a new school district, their teachers will be able to better assess your child’s abilities and know where he may need support in a way that is not possible now.To see a video explaining the Common Core Standards and to learn more about it, visit the Arizona Dept. of Education Common Core website.Even though Common Core curriculum is embedded into the teaching of all subjects, teachers will still be following the other set state curriculum standards for each subject matter. To see a listing of all state standards, click here.