As a school district, we are deeply committed to providing your child with the best education possible and that includes challenging every student to reach his or her full potential. It is also essential that you have the best possible information about how your child is doing in school and what areas may need additional focus to make sure he or she has the strong foundation needed for future success.
There are some exciting changes going on in our district – and around our state – that will help us make sure that your child leaves our school ready for his or her next steps.
As you may have heard, Oregon has adopted the Common Core State Standards – rigorous, learning expectations developed by educators, parents, and experts from around the U.S. and voluntarily adopted by the majority of states. The Common Core are not a curriculum. Our district will continue to select the books and classroom lessons to best meet our students’ needs. The Common Core simply lay out what foundational skills our students should have mastered at each grade in order to be on track to graduate ready for college and career. As a parent, the Common Core provides you a clearer picture of how prepared your child is for his or her next steps. And this knowledge provides you and your child’s teacher an opportunity to make adjustments as needed to ensure there are no surprises down the road.
This year, you may notice that your child is learning about things in a different grade than a sibling did or that homework may look a little different – students will be reading more non-fiction for example.
We encourage you to talk with your child’s teacher about any questions you may have about these new standards or about how to help support your child’s success in school. We encourage you to join us and learn more about these new standards and what they mean for your child.