Common Core State Standards FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy, History and Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.

General Questions


General Questions

    When should schools implement the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects?

    The transition to the Common Core State Standards should be underway. Students in grades K-2 should be working with the standards now. Full implementation should be in place for all grade levels during the 2013-2014 school year. The Model Curriculum as adopted by the State Board of Education should assist districts, schools and educators in designing curriculum aligned to the standards.

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    When will statewide assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects begin?

     

    Ohio is a governing state in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers Consortium (PARCC). According to PARRC the timeline for the development and implementation of assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards is:

    • 2012-13 School Year: First year pilot/field testing and related research and data collection
    • 2013-14 School Year: Second year pilot/field testing and related research and data collection
    • 2014-15 School Year: Full operational administration of PARCC assessments
    • Summer 2015: Set achievement levels, including college-ready performance levels

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    What can be done in the short term?

    Educators should become familiar with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects and the Model Curriculum. They are encouraged to participate in the Targeted Professional Development sessions being held across the state. 

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    How can educators begin to align their instruction to the Common Core Standards?

     

    Educators should:

    • Focus on content depth
    • Integrate the concepts and skills from reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language into instructional units. Avoid teaching skills in isolation.
    • Use formative instructional strategies and assessments K-12.
    • Develop the students’ ability to view themselves as effective readers and writers – as effective communicators.
    • Use resources that connect the English Language Arts concepts and skills in the classroom to the outside world, which adds relevance to what is being taught.
    • Become familiar with the Content Elaborations and Enduring Understandings found in the Model Curriculum which is posted online.
    • Promote performance-based assessment.
    • Plan and implement appropriate professional development for both teachers and administrators, building both content and pedagogical knowledge for students as well as educators.

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    How will the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects be distributed?

     

    The K-12 Common Core Standards in English Language Arts, are entirely web-based and  can be found at www.corestandards.org. In the upper right corner of the screen, select the tab The Standards. Grade-band standards can be printed by selecting Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects (66 pages.)

    In addition, the following support documents can be found at this location:

    • English Language Arts Appendix A: Research Supporting Key Elements of the Standards. (43 pages)
    • English Language Arts Appendix B: Text Exemplars and Sample Performance Tasks. (183 pages)
    • English Language Arts Appendix C: Samples of Student Writing. (107 pages)

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    What supports for the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects are provided by the Ohio Department of Education?

     

    The following resources can be found on the English Language Arts page.

    • A PowerPoint that provides an Introduction to the Common Core State Standards and the Model Curricula
    • The Model Curricula for each topic of the Common Core at each grade level.
    • A comparative analysis between Ohio’s 2002 Academic Content Standards and the Common Core.
    • A crosswalk between Ohio’s 2002 Academic Content Standards and the Common Core.
    • An example of the Eye of Integration for the high school
    • The link to the Common Core State Standards
    • Links to outside resources that provide valuable information:
      • The Publishers Guide to the Common Core - these criteria are designed to guide publishers and curriculum developers as they work to ensure alignment with the standards.
      • Bringing the Common Core to Life – A video done by one of the writers of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.http://vimeo.com/25242442

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Last Modified: 4/29/2013 10:28:30 AM

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