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.
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