Claremore Daily Progress

Catoosa

June 28, 2013

County schools prepare for another year of common core transitioning

CLAREMORE —

Come August, Rogers County teachers and administration will continue to implement plans for transitioning to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as part of the Oklahoma C3 standards for academics.
Common Core is a state-led effort to establish a set of clear educational standards for English language arts and mathematics. The goal is to ensure that all students get a rigorous, more in-depth education, said Claremore-Sequoyah Superintendent Terry Saul.
“It’s a great challenge for students and probably more so for teachers who are transitioning from the PASS objectives to common core,” he said. “It’s not a big difference, but (common core) does involve more reading and writing for teachers and students inside and outside of the classroom.” 
Since the adoption was made by Governor Brad Henry in 2010, the State Board of Education has assisted school districts in the implementation process, providing resource and professional development for teachers and administrators. 
Full implementation is set to take place at the beginning of the 2014-15 school year for Oklahoma public schools.
“Common standards will help ensure that students are receiving a high quality education that is consistent across states,” said Claremore Schools Instructional Technology Facilitator John Potter. “This is the first step toward ensuring that our children are getting the best possible education.”
He said the standards are benchmarked to international standards to guarantee that students are competitive in the emerging global marketplace. Created by Oklahoma educators and specialists, the C3 State Standards were written to help prepare students for College, Careers and Citizenship. C3 includes the Common Core State Standards. 
In 2012, revisons of current state standards for remaining subject areas (social studies, science, visual arts/music, physical education and world languages) began. The initiative will continue until the goals of Oklahoma C3 Standards are aligned across the state. Oklahoma educators and content specialists participated in the creation of C3, including a review and feedback process.

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