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What kind of changes can students expect to see in the classroom?

With the implementation of the Common Core, hands-on activities and collaborative exercises will be much more prevalent, and English students will see a shift toward nonfiction texts.  Media skills will be integrated into everyday lessons, writing may be shared with outside audiences and next-generation assessments will evaluate higher order thinking and problem solving processes.

Math classes will teach fewer concepts, but they will reach new depths in exploring those concepts.  Students will be challenged with more real-world applications and fewer theoretical equations, and there will be greater emphasis on learning the process rather than merely providing the correct answer.

It is important to remember that the standards are not a curriculum.  Standards are targets for what students should know and be able to do.  Curricula typically define the scope of the content covered in each subject.  Instructional plans and strategies are the means that educators use to help their students reach the expectations set out by the standards.  The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a set of shared goals for the knowledge and skills students should possess in English language arts and mathematics to be proficient in those subjects.  As such, Course Teams use the standards as a basis for developing their own curricula by designing course content, choosing appropriate instructional strategies, developing learning activities, continuously gauging student understanding, and adjusting instruction accordingly.