The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has introduced new Common Core State Standards that would establish consistant learning goals for all students in the state and better prepare them for college.
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro says the new Common Core State Standards are relevant to the real world that would focus on the knowledge and skills in areas such as Mathematics and English Language Arts, that students will need in order to succeed in life after high school.
The new standards would align with college readiness and entry-level college courses that over time, is expected to reduce the need for remedial coursework for freshmen entering college to be on track for college and career readiness.
“It was created through a state led initiative and have been adopted by more than 40 states now, including Missouri,” Nicastro said. “We believe that the Common Core State Standards have enhanced our academic state standards.”
Prior to the new standards, different standards were in place that Nicastro says created many difficulties for students. The new standards will help better prepare graduating high school students for college.
“With a clear road map of academic expectations students, parents and teachers can all work together toward shared goals,” she said. “Communicating those goals is really important and we believe that these standards provide a clear idea for what we’re trying to accomplish.”
The new standards are set to help better prepare graduating high school students for post- secondary education aka college and in the workforce. Nicastro says a diverse team of parents, teachers and administrators, researchers, and content experts developed the Common Core Standards to be academically rigorous, attainable for students, and practical for teachers and districts.
AUDIO: Mary Farucci reports. (1:03)