State Assessments Begin March 27
Kansas College and Career Ready Standards (KCCRS) are high-quality academic expectations created by experts and teachers. These research and evidence based standards were developed to ensure students are prepared to enter a world (after high school) in which colleges and businesses are demanding more and students can be successful. Kansas took the standards known as The Common Core and adapted them. In Kansas, our kids are expected to know 15% more than the Common Core requires. The KCCRS helps develop and build your child’s critical thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills in English Language Arts (ELA), Science, History, Social Studies, Geography and Mathematics.
Students in third, fourth and fifth grades are taking the state assessments. The students have to do more than find the answers and complete basic tasks. They will be using reasoning skills and working through more complex problems.
Sample of the old state assessment reading question:
What is this passage mainly about?
(gives A,B,C,D choices)
Sample of the new reading question:
The narrator of the story helps the reader understand the gandfather by (gives A,B,C,D choices)
Pre-school through second grade teachers are hard at work creating rigorous lessons that will help their
students develop skills in reading, writing, speaking & listening and math. Students are also applying these skills to other areas such as science and social studies. The earlier the core concepts are taught in these grades, the more time it gives teachers to implement them and students to master them.
If you have any questions about College and Career Ready Standards, please contact your child’s teacher, Teresa Miller, or check out these websites: http://bit.ly/1docknr and www.ksde.org