Oregon Department of Education

CCSS Toolkit: Parents & Students - Becoming Informed


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Overview of the Toolkit

What are the Common Core State Standards?

The Common Core State Standards show what students in Pre-K through 12th grade should know and be able to do in English language arts and mathematics. The standards will help all students across the State learn the same skills. This will make sure that they are ready for college and careers. The standards include changes, or "shifts," in how teachers teach to help children succeed in the topics and skills that matter most. The standards are designed to help all young people get prepared for college and careers.
What does the Common Core mean for my student?
What do Parents Need to Know?
Frequently Asked Questions about CCSS

How were the standards developed?

Forty-six states brought together experts, teachers and researchers to write the Common Core State Standards, along with almost 10,000 comments and suggestions, including many from Oregon teachers and parents. Oregon adopted them in 2010. The standards are well-matched for our classrooms and will help our students learn more. Please visit http://corestandards.org/the-standards to read the full set of standards.
Common Core State Standards Fact Sheet

What will my child be learning?

The Common Core State Standards have been built from some of the best standards gathered from States across the country, as well as from other nations and extensive research on what’s needed to succeed in jobs and higher education. The Common Core standards ask teachers and students to dig deeper into the core skills and concepts for each grade level. This means that students will learn much more about fewer topics. It also means that teachers will have more time to cover subjects in greater detail. This gives students an opportunity to really understand what is being taught.
CCSS Parent Guides by Grade

Will this mean new tests?

Yes. The Common Core State Standards will have different, and better, tests that provide more accurate information about what your student knows and can do. Starting in the 2013-14 school year, some Oregon students will take a field test of these new assessments. All students will be assessed on these new tests – known as the Smarter Balanced assessment – starting in the 2014-15 school year.
The New Common Assessment
Parents' Guide to New Assessments in Oregon

What can I do to help my child?

The Common Core State Standards ask teachers to make 12 major “shifts” or (changes) in their classrooms – six shifts in English language arts and six shifts in Mathematics. These changes may be tough at first as students and teachers adjust to higher expectations.

As a parent, you can help and learn more by talking with your child about what they are learning. Ask open-ended questions about what they learned in school each day, read their homework and attend school events to learn about what their teachers expect.
What Parents Can Do to Help their Children Learn
Parent's Backpack Guide to CCSS (K-5)
Common Core Resources for Parents

Introductory Video: A New Foundation for Student Success
Three Minute Video on the Common Core State Standards
CCSS in Elementary School
Source: The Teaching Channel
CCSS in Middle School
Source: The Teaching Channel
CCSS in High School
Source: The Teaching Channel

Standards & Assessments

  • Mark Freed Email    (503) 947-5610
    Standards and Instructional Support - Education Program Specialist
  • Karin Moscon Email    (503) 947-5706
    Equity Team - Education Program Specialist, Civil Rights