In June 2009, Idaho joined 47 other states, two territories and the District of Columbia in committing to develop a common core of state standards for proficiency in English language arts and mathematics for grades K-12. The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) was a voluntary, state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). Working together, these states developed mathematics and English language arts standards that define the knowledge and skills students must acquire in their K-12 education to graduate from high school prepared to succeed in post-secondary education and the workforce. The standards:
The Idaho Legislature adopted the Common Core State Standards for mathematics and English language arts in January 2011. To date, 46 states, two territories, and the District of Columbia have adopted the standards.
The Common Core State Standards will not be implemented in Idaho schools immediately, but will be phased in to ensure Idaho teachers and administrators receive professional development and have time with the standards. The state will also work to inform parents and community members about the importance of these new standards. Here is the timeline for implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Idaho:
During the 2011-2012 school year, the State Department of Education will provide professional development on the Common Core State Standards to leadership teams within each local school district.
District Leadership Trainings
The State Department of Education Common Core State Standards Team will be hosting six one-day regional district leadership workshops. The workshops will be held across the state from October 13 to November 2. This training is intended to support the planning process for each district's integration of the Common Core State Standards into curriculum and teaching practice.
Districts are asked to bring leadership teams of 4-6 members including:
A district administrator, special education director, Federal Programs Director, Curriculum Director, Principal, and those who are instructional leaders and decision-makers in your district. Examples of others you may include: Teacher (General Education, LEP, Title 1, Special Education), Instructional coach.
The sessions will provide:
In addition to the statewide district leadership team workshops, the State Department of Education will host a series of webinars for teachers and school administrators. Here are the dates and times for those webinars in October:
The ELA CCSS: Changing Instructional Practice (K-5)
October 12 (4:15-5:15 MST) - CCSS Math Elementary Webinar
Moving Beyond Awareness
October 19 (4:15-5:15 MST) - CCSS ELA Secondary Webinar
The ELA CCSS: Changing Instructional Practice (6-12)
October 26 (4:15-5:15 MST) - CCSS Math Secondary Webinar