Juneau Recommends Adoption of Common Core State Standards


Thursday, May 12, 2011
By Allyson Hagen
406-444-3160

Juneau Recommends Adoption of Common Core State Standards

High Standards Promote College and Career-Readiness

 

Great Falls, MT – As part of Graduation Matters Montana, a statewide initiative to ensure more students graduate from high school college- and career-ready, Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau recommended adoption of the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Math.  After careful review and comparison with Montana's current standards, Juneau is recommending that the Montana Board of Public Education adopt these standards which are higher, clearer and more rigorous than current standards.

 

"These new standards will ensure that Montana students are ready to compete not only with their peers across the country, but globally," said Juneau. "They give every student, no matter where they live, the opportunity to receive an education that will prepare them for college or to enter the workforce."

 

The Common Core State Standards were developed by and for states in a voluntary effort led by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, and Montana was a participant in the development of the standards. The standards are aligned with college and workforce expectations, are clear, understandable and consistent, include rigorous content and are evidence-based.

 

Content standards communicate to teachers, parents and students the knowledge and skills students are expected to master in each grade and subject. Standards do not tell teachers how to teach, but they do help teachers figure out the knowledge and skills their students should have in order to build the best lessons for their classrooms.


Juneau continued, "These new standards are an accountability tool not only for teachers but for parents and students. It will be very clear what knowledge and skills a child is supposed to master at each grade level. I look forward to working with Montana teachers and administrators to implement these changes and provide our children with the best educational opportunities for future success."

 

Adoption of the Common Core Standards will coincide with new assessments being developed for use in the 2014-2015 school year which will allow states to compare student scores from state to state.

 

Additionally, work is under way to ensure Montana's unique constitutional requirement of providing Indian Education for All is interwoven into the new standards for English Language Arts and Math.

 

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