As a parent, you want what is best for your child. As students around the world surpass their parents’ levels of education, Americans are not keeping up. When talking with parents around Tennessee, they say, “I want school to push my children’s thinking and expand their minds.” The Common Core State Standards do just that, they:
- Value understanding and the ability to draw conclusions rather than memorization and recitation
- Move from questions that ask “what?” to questions that ask “why?” and “how?”
- Push students beyond multiple-choice answers to critical thinking and writing assessments
Raising the bar and expecting more is hard work, particularly for students and teachers. New standards mean new ways of teaching and learning in classrooms, and ultimately harder tests. To stay the course with higher standards and expectations, parents, businesses, and communities need to be vocal about the importance of better-preparing students for the future. Tennesseans are up to this challenge.
Support your child – our students are up for the challenge, but parental involvement is critical to helping a child achieve more. Things you can do at home include:
- Set aside time every day when your child can concentrate on reading, writing, and math.
- Ask your child questions about their school work and encourage them to explain how they got to an answer. Remember that students are learning to be problem solvers and critical thinkers. Asking questions is a great way to help them learn.
- Talk to your child’s teacher and ask how you can help at home.
Click here to download or print the Expect More, Achieve More brochure.
Click here to use an interactive tool about the Common Core State Standards.
Click here to download the First Lady’s new report on parent engagement.
Resources for Parents:
These tools, from the Council of the Great City Schools, provide guidance to parents about what their children will be learning and how they can support that learning in grades K-8. These parent roadmaps for each grade level also provide three-year snapshots showing how selected standards progress from year to year so that students will be college and career ready upon their graduation from high school.
National PTA® created these guides, available in both English and Spanish, for grades K-8 and two for grades 9-12 (one for English language arts/literacy and one for mathematics). The guides include:
- Key items that children should be learning in English language arts and mathematics in each grade, once the standards are fully implemented.
- Activities that parents can do at home to support their child’s learning.
- Methods for helping parents build stronger relationships with their child’s teacher.
- Tips for planning for college and career (high school only).
The Tennessee Department of Education produced this video to give parents an overview of the changes brought about by Tennessee’s transition to Common Core State Standards.
If you have more questions about what higher standards will mean for you and your child, email firstname.lastname@example.org.