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Lodi Unified School District board schedules workshop on new state curriculum mandates

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Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013 7:06 pm

Big changes are on tap at public schools throughout California. The state Legislature has adopted what is known as “Common Core Standards” that schools must employ beginning in the 2015-16 school year.

“It’s going to be a lot of what we do,” Lodi Unified School District Superintendent Cathy Nichols-Washer said at a recent school board meeting.

Just what that entails will be covered during a special workshop at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the James Areida Educational Support Center, 1305 E. Vine St., Lodi. The public is invited to attend what amounts as a tutorial on the new state standards.

The California Department of Education website has page after page about the Common Core Standards, the mandated course of study for grades 1-12.

In first through sixth grades, schools must teach:

  • English, including knowledge of literature, plus learning to speak, read, listen, spell, handwriting and composition.
  • Math, including concepts, operational skills and problem solving.
  • Social science, drawing upon anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, sociology, history, resources, development of state and federal government, eastern and western cultures, contemporary issues and natural resources.
  • Biological and physical science.
  • Visual and performing arts, including dance, music, theater and visual arts.
  • Health, including instruction in the principles and practices of individual, family and community health.
  • Physical education, with emphasis on activities for pupils that may be conducive to the body’s and mind’s health and vigor of at least 200 minutes each 10 school days.
  • Other studies as prescribed by the local school board.

Nichols-Washer said she couldn’t provide a price tag until the state Legislature adopts its budget and Gov. Jerry Brown signs it.

Here are some examples of what will be required of students from sixth through 12th grades:

  • Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, and analyze how specific words shape meaning or tone.
  • Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs and larger portions, such as sections, chapters, scenes or stanzas relate to each other.
  • Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
  • Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats.
  • Evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning and the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
  • Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or compare the approaches the authors take.

For more information about state-mandated Common Core Standards, visit www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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  • Joanne Bobin posted at 12:17 pm on Tue, May 14, 2013.

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  • Joanne Bobin posted at 12:17 pm on Tue, May 14, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4308

    It is funny that Ms. Parigoris states: "Common Core is NOT a state mandate only. It is a NATIONALIZED form of education.."

    And then the PDF link that she provides from Arizona states on its very first line:

    "MYTH: The Arizona Common Core Standards are NATIONAL STANDARDS."

    and then:

    FACT: The federal government was NOT involved in the development of the standards.

    FYI - Ms. Parigoris - teachers ARE facilitators.

    All of the skills listed in the article above were included in the curriculum in the state where I attended K-12. I don't know if they have ever been included in California's standards, but judging from what my children were taught in elementary school, they haven't been included for the past several decades. If college bound kids don't want to fall behind in their first semester, this is what they should be learning.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 11:38 am on Tue, May 14, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 499

    I thought you re-tired?

  • Kim Parigoris posted at 11:31 am on Tue, May 14, 2013.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 469

    Indiana joins states that are either pulling back or considering halting Common Core standards, including Alabama, South Dakota and Georgia. The Michigan House recently voted to strip all funding for Common Core. No congressional approval- fully an executive branch move.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyWtIyer-_M&feature=youtu.be
    It will cost California taxpayers 1.6 billion dollars.."one size fits all" curriculum..

  • Kim Parigoris posted at 8:13 am on Tue, May 14, 2013.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 469

    Common Core is NOT a state mandate only. It is a nationalized form of education that will make teachers facilitators, not teachers. Students will be subjected to Data mining- and facilitators will have up to 400 points of information being collected on students. There are parent/teacher/educator groups sprouting up all over the country sounding the alarm on Common Core. Facts and myths exposed on Common Core can be read here, but there is a website for almost every state (including California) against Common Core. Some states are even proposing legislation to not implement it. http://arizonansagainstcommoncore.com/AACC_Myths_vs_Facts.pdf

  • Doug Chaney posted at 6:29 am on Mon, May 13, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 499

    Price tag? Just what does price have to do with a decent education and the things us lucky oldsters were taught as a regular curriculum? With a quarter billion dollar budget, the administration costs, salaries and benefits are way out of line and need to be brought under control and spent in the classrooms and on hiring more teachers.



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