The Common Core Standards

There's been a lot of talk on the airwaves and across the Internet lately about the new Common Core State Standards (in Arizona they're officially called College And Career Ready Standards).  Over the course of the past several years, the Common Core Standards have been adopted by most states, and will be fully implemented by many of them in the next year or two, Arizona included.

At Marshall and within FUSD, we're in the process of retooling our curriculum and instruction at every grade level to match with the expectations found within the Common Core Standards and, likewise, with the new AIMS (often called PARCC) test which has also been redesigned to better align with the Common Core.

Our teachers have all been to (or will soon attend) a series of trainings and seminars in both English Language Arts and Math to familiarize them with the new content found within the Common Core Standards.  All of our district curriculum maps have been rewritten to comply with the Standards.  And, as a faculty, we have spent a significant amount of time previewing the new forms of instruction and assessment which will be required of us as teachers to ensure our students are each prepared for the Common Core Standards, too.

There's no shortage of information available online about the Common Core.  But below is one of of the shortest and easiest-to-understand videos we've found on the subject of what the Common Core Standards initiative hopes to accomplish.  We hope you find it informative.



As the 2014-2015 school year draws near we will continue to update you regarding our ongoing process of adopting and implementing the Arizona's College And Career Ready Standards (aka The Common Core Standards) at Marshall Magnet School.

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