As partners in education, it is important for parents, business leaders and community members to be aware of what is happening on our campuses. Some important changes are being made to strengthen instruction and classroom learning. The Escondido Union High School District’s Board of Education, teachers and staff remain committed to ensuring a quality education for every student.
In August 2010, the California Department of Education (CDE)adopted the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for students in the areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics. The English Standards include Literacy in History/Social Science, Science, and Career Technical Subjects. These same standards have been adopted by 47 of the 50 United States.
A goal of the Common Core State Standards is to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. Common standards will help ensure that students are receiving a high quality and consistent education from school to school and state to state, and to help to ensure that all students are prepared with the skills and knowledge to be successful in both college and career. These new standards are rigorous and include the application of knowledge in new and different ways. The standards will be measured by a new evaluation system, Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium(SBAC) beginning in 2014-15. It is important that we begin now to prepare our teachers and students for the changes in curriculum and instruction.To better equip our teachers and students to face this new educational challenge, the Escondido Union High School District is beginning to integrate the new Common Core State Standards into existing grade level courses. EUHSD is beginning with Algebra I and English 9. Teachers are receiving new units of instruction and participating in professional development opportunities that align to the requirements in the standards. This means that students will begin to participate in lessons that directly reflect the new standards. For example in English, students will read different types of texts, including more non-fiction, informational materials. In math, students will work with more in-depth, real world problem solving and explain how they arrived at their answer.
Three-Minute Video Explaining the CCSS: