Saturday, May 18, 2013

Writing Skills - More important with the Common Core

There is so much attention to standardized tests in K12 education:  The FCAT and TEKS and so on. And they are apparently all changing to a new format with a whole new approach known as the Common Core. What is this Common Core and why such a fuss?

The common core came from an initiative by a group that I had never heard of called the State Supervisiors of Education (or something). They felt that they could cooperaitvely come up with new standards, now known as the CCSS.  Big changes in language arts that they are pushing.

1.  Much harder. Many states since Bush's NCLB had dumbed down their state tests to make their students looks smarter.  The standards really shot down the last 15 years. This moves them back up.
2. Much more skills and conceptual, much less acceptance of simply remembering and regurgitating information.  Higher order thinking skills!
3. Less emphasis on understanding literature, more emphasis on dealing with non-fiction writing.
4. More media sophistication. Who is the writer of this piece? Are they narrating? Convincing? Persuading? Hiding? Claiming objectivity?  Documenting researching? Reporting?  Can you write with each of these biases?
5. Much more emphasis on proper use and deep levels of vocabulary.

To help, many parents this summer are considering helping their kids with a remote study summer program for general summer skills work,  or summer writing work.  Here's some info on writing materials to help you think about it!


  1. I didn't hear about the Common Core before. It looks like interesting! You know, here I found one writing service for my friend And I think maybe it will be useful for you too.

  2. Really a very good and interesting idea to teach children. Unfortunately for my daughter, this option will not work because she is already attending college. Most often, I have to help and I order some compositions for her help with research paper. But anyway thanks for posting.