SIOUX FALLS, SD -
The Common Core Standards being rolled out across the state are causing a lot of controversy. Many parents have concerns, and some say they haven't been fully informed.
We sat down with an educator to sift through the new set of standards.
The Common Core Standards are a set of guidelines for grades K-12 in Language Arts, Reading and Math.
Right now, they're being used in 45 states across the U.S.
"Before the Common Core, standards were developed by states, and by local school districts. And so this is just an effort to sort of bring states together to have common language, to have common expectations," Lindsay Laurich, Assistant Professor in the Education Dept. at Augustana College said.
These expectations are what some parents are worried about. Some concerns have centered on the suggested reading list, and the rigorous pace for learning.
Education Assistant Professor at Augustana, Lindsay Laurich, says these standards are only meant to be guidelines on what students should know at each grade level. Teachers can choose whatever techniques or materials they think are appropriate.
"Yes, certainly some parents are concerned. And some teachers are concerned. And we can definitely look at it two ways. That it's a big challenge, but we could also see it as an opportunity," Laurich said.
Because the standards are internationally bench-marked, this gives schools the ability to compare what students are learning to the rest of the world.
"To really prepare students for a global work place. And of course for college. And so it allows for that, it allows for preparation and for creating that environment so students are prepared and ready," Laurich said.
Laurich encourages any concerned parents or teachers to have an open dialogue.
"We're all in this together ultimately. And we all want what's best for the kids in our classrooms, in our families. And so the more that we can talk about this and the more that we can make sure that we're doing what's best for kids. Which is our ultimate goal," Laurich said.
You can find the Common Core Standards are listed online for both Language Arts and Mathematics.
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