Kansas College and Career Ready Standards

Student Learning Work Group

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High on the public radar screen for school improvement is the national movement to put in place Common Core Standards, now called the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards, and continues its regular, thorough review and revision of ALL standards.

 

Kansas is one of the 40+ states to formally adopt these standards and continues its regular, thorough review and revision of ALL standards. English-Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science are all on the work agenda for “next generation” standards in Kansas.

 

Resources for Educators:

Common Core State Standards (CCSS) – Kansas is one of the many states that has signed on to adopt these Common Standards in selected curriculum areas. Kansas educators are in a state of transition from being guided by currently adopted State Curriculum Standards to utilizing the new standards.

Kansas State Department of Education – There is a tremendous breadth of resources on the KSDE web site, far beyond common core and next generation, but we would highlight these particular pages of interest:

English Language Arts and Literacy Resources – the “Summer Academy” resources, in particular, were part of a workshop introducing Common Core for ELA! Explore the PowerPoints and review the other links to see what’s available.

Communications – This section of the KSDE web site provides background on the Common Core standards movement and generic information to assist educators to use the standards across a variety of settings.

Math Resources – again, the “Summer Academy” resources, in particular, were part of a workshop introducing Common Core for math teachers. Explore the PowerPoints and enjoy the great list of additional resources.

21st Century Skills – Kansas Learning First Alliance member organizations have fully embraced the guidance of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills for infusing critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication skills across the curriculum

College and Career Readiness – Ensuring that students become college and career ready is the focus of 21st Century educators. This involves engaging students in relevant learning experiences so they are prepared for their future. Ensuring their future success via a quality education will have a tremendous impact on the economy of our state. This PowerPoint developed by the Kansas School Superintendents Association discusses the journey of their Task Force to define “College and Career Ready.”

The following web links provide additional resources:

Bill McCallum’s Tools for the Common Core Standards

KATM’s Common Core Resources

Other state site suggestions: Ohio, Massachusetts, Indiana, Arizona

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium