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The Common Core State Standards prepare our students to succeed!

Posted by: Commissioner Deborah A. Gist on 3/4/2014
Three years ago, Rhode Island teachers began preparing to use the Common Core State Standards in their work with our students. The Common Core standards are designed to ensure that students – regardless of their state of residence - leave a particular grade level with the same set of skills. I am pleased to share that this year, the standards are fully implemented in schools all over the state.  
The Common Core standards are linked to readiness for college and careers and they are internationally benchmarked. With the Common Core State Standards, our high-school graduates will be as well prepared for success as their peers from around the world. Transitioning to the Common Core standards is truly an investment in our state. There is no plan that is more important to Rhode Island’s economic development.

Recently the Rhode Island Department of Education launched a wonderful video series featuring students, parents, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders in support of the Common Core. Here are some of their thoughts about the standards:

  • “The Common Core standards push for mastery.” - Megan Palmer, student at Coventry High School
  • “The rigorous expectations that we have for our students will help them to be successful in college and in the workplace.”  -Kristen Capwell, teacher at Coventry High School
  • “It teaches you the skills that you need to succeed in college. It’s more than just cutting wood; it’s math and the angles you need to be able to fit things together and make them work.” -David Champlin, graduate of Chariho Career and Technical Center
Watch the full video online, and then take a few minutes to check out the others in the series! I would love to know what you think. Please feel free to share your thoughts - and the videos.
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