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A parent asks, “Why should I bother learning about Common Core State Standards (CCSS)? I trust my child’s teachers to do their jobs.” Fact is, the more you know about CCSS the more you will be equipped to help your student thrive in school. Common Core State Standards increase opportunities for parents and caregivers to have meaningful involvement in their child’s education.

The CCSS will ensure that all students have the academic knowledge and skills they need in core subjects to succeed after high school. Since Common Core raises the bar for every student, it’s critical that families help integrate what their children are learning into real-life situations at home.

Here’s an example. A three-year-old boy is looking forward to starting 4K at Emerson Elementary School next year and his father, having read the standards, remembers what is expected of children in kindergarten: CCSS Literacy standard: With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.

Knowing this gives the boy’s father a natural opportunity to help prepare his son for school. Here's how, according to this dad:

“Whenever my son gets hurt, for example, I ask him to tell me what happened. I encourage him to use complete sentences. I’ll ask him to repeat the story to other family members and maybe also to a stuffed animal. He usually likes to repeat the story anyway and I prompt him to give more details each time he tells the story. Knowing this standard helps me to be more intentional in my day-to-day interactions with him.”

Through the year, we hope to equip you with the tools to know what the Common Core means to your student and how you can support his or her learning.

For more information on the Common Core State Standards and to download a Parent Roadmap from the Council of Great City Schools for both Language Arts and Math, visit this page.