Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards

By Dr. Lynn Fontana

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Last month, I shared answers to the questions parents often ask about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This month, I’m excited to share a list of resources for parents to check out to deepen understanding of the standards.


The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) official website is very useful and easy to navigate. You can see if your state has adopted the standards, see what your child will be learning by grade level and dispel myth from fact.


Education Northwest’s series, “Spotlight on the Common Core State Standards — What Do Parents Need to Know?”, helps parents navigate this important initiative. The paper helps parents understand the benefits and prepare for the common core.


National PTA’s Parents’ Guide to Student Success was developed in response to the CCSS in English language arts and mathematics. National PTA created the guides for grades K—8 and grades 9—12.


The Council of the Great City Schools’ parent roadmaps in English language arts/literacy provide guidance to parents about what their children will be learning and how they can support that learning in grades K—8.


Scholastic’s Five Tips to Help You Support the Common Core at Home shares tactics for helping your children excel in a CCSS-driven classroom.


Khan Academy maps the common core to their free videos and lessons to supplement what kids are learning in school.


To track the latest Common Core developments, hear what other experts are saying and find guidance on preparing college, check out Pearson’s Common Core in the News blog.


Your local Sylvan Center instructors are able to field questions about the common core. At Sylvan, all our math and reading lessons align with the common core. Click here to find the center closest to you.


If you’re looking for more, Edutopia offers a wealth of Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards.


Still have questions? Ask away in the comments section.