A letter from Assistant Superintendent Jody Monroe
How you can help your child with Common Core State Standards
November 15, 2012
As you know, New York State has adopted the Common Core Standards. Over the past year and a half we have been reviewing our curriculum and revising it to ensure that it is aligned to the Common Core.
One of the questions you likely have is how do I best support my child at home? In order to assist you, we have provided some Parents' Guides from the National PTA Association that you may find useful. They are located on the left-hand side of this page; simply click on the grade your child is in to view or download the guide.
Our teachers are also doing more frequent assessments in both Reading and Math, so that we are able to share more specific information about your child’s skill development.
In addition to implementing AIMS Web (a reading assessment) in grades k-5, we have also developed common Math interim assessments that all students are taking four times during the year. These assessments are aligned to the Common Core and help us to determine where students are in their skill development. Since all students are taking the same assessments, we are able to share data between teachers and grade levels to ensure we do not have gaps in our curriculum.
The website www.corestandards.org identifies key points that are critical for success in the Common Core. Click here to read their "Key Points in Mathematics."
You can see that the skill development in elementary school is critical for a student to be able to apply their knowledge in high school and beyond. Anything you can do to help your child master their basic facts would be very much appreciated.
If you have any questions about other ways you can assist your child at home, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher. Thank you for your continued support.
Assistant Superintendent of Educational Programs and Instruction
Bethlehem Central School District