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Common Core State Standards
On July 7, 2010, with a unanimous vote, the State Board of Education adopted new national academic standards, known as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts and mathematics (Common Core State Standards) that will establish what Connecticut's public school students should know and be able to do as they progress through Grades K-12.
State teachers join common core standards team
The American Federation of Teachers recently invited 7 teachers to join its Common Core State Standards Teacher Work Team. These teachers worked on Math and ELA standards in order to guide the AFT efforts to ensure that teachers are involved in all aspects of the implementation of the CCSS. Teachers will take part in several meetings during the year and the first one was held in early February. Writers of the standards and spokespersons from the consortiums PARCC and Smarter Balance spoke to the group.
The AFT is attempting to make sure that teacher voices are heard and have been working toward this since 2009. As a result, teachers have been instrumental in revising the standards to their current form. This work has been lauded by the writers of the standards, the National Governors Association and the Chief State School Officers.
In 2010, the AFT created a committee to formulate recommendations for the introduction of the standards and that committee developed 38 recommendations. These recommendations are intended to facilitate the implementation of the standards.
The following teachers are on a new expanded team that will continue this important work. They have already spent hours beginning this work and two of them have been invited to serve on the Science Team.
Anita Gennaro, Kari Baransky and Maura Graham Veccellio from Meriden
Eric Boehm, William McKinney, and Tim Shortt from New Haven
Susan Schmidt from New Britain