Common Core State Standards
When Washington State begins testing on Common Core State Standards in 2014-15, Federal Way Public Schools will be ready, thanks to our previous transition to a standards-based education system.
As we adopt the Common Core State standards, the district’s work with standards-based education will make the process smoother for our staff and students.
What are Common Core State Standards?
Common Core State Standards are part of a state-led national initiative. Washington joined the vast majority of states in adopting the standards in July, 2011.
Like the standards the district implemented as part of SBE, the Common Core State Standards are a set of learning expectations that progress logically from kindergarten through 12th grade. They create clear expectations for what students should know and be able to do in key areas: reading, writing, speaking and listening, language and mathematics.
How Can Parents Prepare for Common Core State Standards?
- If you haven’t already, become familiar with Federal Way’s standards-based education system.
- Get familiar with what your student will need to do to be successful at each grade level using the Parents Guide to Success
- Want to know the Priority standards being focused on at each grade level then visit the FWPS Priority Standards Website.
- The new Common Core State Standards make several important changes to current standards. These changes are called shifts. This chart shows what these shifts change, what you might see in your child’s backpack and what you can do to help your child. If your child’s assignments do not reflect the shifts, then talk to your child’s teacher.
- Make use of on-line practice resources to help your child master the skills encompassed by Common Core.
- Finally, help your child or children understand why they need to do their homework. Not only will they do better in school now, but they will also establish study habits necessary to succeed throughout their school years and into college or other post-secondary education.