County Schools and districts throughout the state are undergoing
curriculum changes this year due to North Carolina’s adoption of the new
Common Core State Standards and the N.C. Essential Standards.
are preparing new lessons and teaching strategies to match new teaching
and learning standards in every grade and every subject this year. This
is the first time that North Carolina has implemented a completely
revised Standard Course of Study in all areas and grades at once.
These new standards describe what students are supposed to know from kindergarten through 12th grade. They also provide parents with a clear and common understanding of what their child is expected to learn and know.
Why the change?
Carolina is among 48 states that have adopted the Common Core State
Standards (CCSS) in K-12 Mathematics and English Language Arts. The CCSS
resulted from collaboration by the National Governors Association and
the Council of Chief State School Officers to provide consistent
expectations for student learning in these core subjects across the
nation. These standards are based on research, comparisons with other
countries and input from educators, policymakers and business leaders.
The CCSS provide academic rigor so that students graduate prepared to go
to college or enter the workplace.
What to Expect
Common Core State Standards (CCSS) encourage students to make better
connections between topics, to see the relevancy of what they are
learning and to go more in-depth at each grade level. There are goals
designed to help students all along the way prepare for career and
In English language arts, students and parents will notice three major shifts in what teachers emphasize:
Click here for more on the Key Points of the Common Core/English language arts.
mathematics, the major shift is in the depth of the new curriculum.
Students will continue to learn and master the same core concepts that
are so critical in mathematics, but lessons and studies will be
organized to allow students to learn concepts at a greater level of
understanding and depth. The new mathematics curriculum features:
Click here for more information on the Key Points of the Common Core/Mathematics.
The full Common Core standards can be viewed at http://www.corestandards.org
NC Essential Standards
Carolina teachers and students in kindergarten through 12th grade will
follow Common Core state standards in mathematics and language arts. In
other subjects, the state's own revised Essential Standards will be
N.C. Department of Public Instruction developed the N.C. Essential
Standards for Science, Social Studies, World Languages, Arts Education,
Healthful Living and Career and Technical Education (CTE). These new
Essential Standards align with the national Common Core State Standards.
All of the new standards are available online at the K-12 Curriculum and Instruction/NC Standard Course of Study .
More information on the Common Core is available at www.ncpta.org/parent