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College and Career Ready Standards-Kansas

Standards have changed!  The State of Kansas has chosen to implement Common Core Standards for Reading and Math in all districts across the State.  These standards are known in Kansas as the College and Career Readiness Standards.  The Common Core State Standards 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. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. These standards are significantly different in the area of Mathematics.

Some Facts about College and Career Readiness Standards

  • State-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)

  • Developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts

  • Provide teachers and parents with a common understanding of what students are to learn.

  • Consistency in standards provides appropriate benchmarks for all students regardless of where they live

  • The standards are aligned with college and work expectations; clear, understandable and consistent, they include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high order skills; and are informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society are evidence-based. Key Points in English Language Arts and Literacy

Key Points in English Language Arts and Literacy

  • An integrated literacy model weaving together reading, writing, speaking and listening, language, research, media, and technology across all disciplines and content areas.


  • “Staircase” of increasing complexity in what student must be able to read Progressive development of reading comprehension
  • Classic and contemporary literary as well as challenging information texts


  • Focus on the ability to write logical arguments Research is emphasized throughout the standards
  • Annotated samples of student writing accompany the standards

Speaking and Listening: 

  • Require that students gain, evaluate, and present increasingly complex information, ideas, and evidence 
  • Focus in academic discussion


  • Grow vocabulary through a mix of conversations, direct instruction, and reading
  • Prepare students for real life experience at college and in 21st century careers
  • Vocabulary and conventions treated in their own strand because their use extends across reading, writing, speaking and listening

Research, Media, and Technology:

  • Skills related to research, media, and technology use are integrated throughout the standards

Key Points in Mathematics

  • Solid foundation in whole numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals
  • Build the foundation to successfully apply more demanding math concepts and procedures and move into application
  • In Kindergarten, the standards follow successful international models and recommendations from the National Research Council’s Early Math Panel report
  • K-5 standards provide detailed guidance on how to navigate their way through topics, and maintain a continuous progression from grade to grade
  • Procedural skills and conceptual understanding is stressed
  • Hands on learning in geometry, algebra and probability and statistics
  • Middle school standards are robust
  • High school standards call for the practice of applying mathematical ways of thinking to real world issues and challenges; emphasizing modeling and the use of mathematics and statistics to analyze empirical situations. 

College and Career Readiness Standards Fact Sheet


Websites to CHECK OUT!

If at any point any of these links become 'broken' please let the school know and we will remove them from this site.  Thanks in advance.

http://www.corestandards.org/ - Common Core website

http://www.primarygames.com/math.php - Primary games for math

http://www.primarygames.com/reading.php- Primary games for reading

http://www.webmath.com/ - K-12 math topics provided by Discovery Education

http://katm.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/flipbooks/KFlipBookedited.pdf - K CC 

http://katm.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/flipbooks/1stFLIPpdf2.pdf - 1st grade CC

http://katm.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/flipbooks/2FlipBookedited.pdf - 2nd grade CC

http://katm.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/flipbooks/3flipbookedited_2.pdf - 3rd grade CC 

http://katm.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/flipbooks/4FlipBookedited.pdf - 4th grade CC

http://katm.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/flipbooks/5th-Flipbookedited2.pdf - 5th grade CC

http://www.brainpop.com/ - very interactive site to help students learn about many content areas (big focus on STEM)

http://www.math.com/ - K-12 math instruction site

http://www.ixl.com/ - K-12 math instruction site

http://www.varsitytutors.com/practice-tests - Free practice tests, digital flashcards, and questions-of-the-day for standardized tests and academic subjects of all levels

http://www.readtennessee.org/family.aspx - Great resource for K-3 parent and students for ELA

http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/drmath.elem.html - Dr Math...can also be used for older students as well

http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vlibrary.html - online manipulatives...very cool games for the kids to play while learning

http://www.soarathome.org/ - online learning community for military students and their families

http://www.learninga-z.com/commoncore/?gclid=CIjU4vzLwrQCFQ45nAodxioAfA - fantastic information on this site 

http://bookadventure.com/Home.aspx - reading site highly recommended by Sylvan Learning Center at a recent Parent Board meeting

http://www.mathplayground.com/- great website for Common Core activities, online math manipulatives, logic activities, etc

http://mrnussbaum.com/ - Great review site for at home practice in all areas!

http://www.scootpad.com/- a great site to set up goals/assignments for your child to complete...very interactive for parents and students to work on their studies at home.

http://www.prepdog.com/ - interactive website to allow practice in multiple areas of the curriculum

http://www.harcourtschool.com/index.html - online interactive game site linked to all areas...K-8


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