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How Does Common Core Affect Your Kids? There’s an App for That.

Common Core Standards are a hot topic for educators and educational policy experts, but many parents are still unfamiliar with what Common Core Standards mean for their kids.

This online app, designed by Stand for Children, is an easy and attractive way to explore Common Core in Missouri. Bold design, straightforward language, and intuitive navigation make it a good — even enjoyable — way to learn more about Common Core.

Across the United States, 45 states, Washington D.C., four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity have adopted Common Core. Missouri is one of those states.

The Standards are designed to prepare students for college and career by providing a consistent, clear set of expectations for what students should learn in math and language arts during each year of their K-12 education.

“36% of Missouri's college freshmen aren't ready for college-level work and spend their tuition gaining remedial skills they should've received for free in high school. In the movement to enact college and career ready standards across the states, Missouri adopted the Common Core in 2010. Full implementation takes place during the 2013 - 2014 school year.”

The Common Core Standards are not a curriculum, and they don’t tell teachers how to teach. According to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, “They simply raise the standards for what students should know at each stage in their academic careers.”

The Stand for Children Common Core Interactive App customizes information about Common Core Standards to you (as a parent, teacher, or community member without school-aged kids), to Missouri, and to the grade your child is in this year. The site also offers easy-to-understand info-graphics and a helpful FAQ sheet.

To learn more about Common Core, read these posts by Missouri Parent: Common Core: Not a Federal Initiative and Common Core Standards Teaching Persuasive Argument.

You can also learn more about Common Core by signing up for Missouri Parent email updates or by following the Missouri Parent Facebook Page.

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