Tumwater School District

Continuous Student Learning in a Caring, Engaging Environment

Continuous Student Learning in a Caring, Engaging Environment

Common Core

Adopted by over 45 states in the U.S., the Common Core State Standards are a set of shared K-12 learning expectations for students in English-language arts and mathematics. These two new sets of content standards replace Washington’s current standards in English language arts and mathematics. While the new standards are similar in ways to Washington’s current standards, some content has been shifted and the level of rigor has increased to ensure college and career readiness at the end of high school. More information about the common core is available at http://www.corestandards.org.
Tumwater School District began phasing in the Common Core State Standards in 2013-14, providing professional development to teachers and aligning core curriculum.  Beginning in 2014-2015, students will no longer take the MSP exam and will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment instead.  For more information about the SMARTER BALANCED ASSESSMENT, http://www.smarterbalanced.org/.
It is a shift in the philosophical thinking about the nature of teaching and learning. This shift basically says: We will no longer teach students to memorize by rote, to understand superficial facts and figures without more nuanced understanding, applicable to real-world problems. Rather, we will teach them to analyze, to generate and test hypotheses. We will ask them to think like mathematicians rather than just do math. We will ask them to think like writers rather than just scribble sentences. We will ask them to use complex cognitive skills to analyze the very complex problems they face as citizens in the 21st century.

Implementing Common Core State Standards. Achieve, NASSP, NAESP,

College Summit

“As students engage with complex text across subjects, and as they extract evidence and work with that evidence, they build knowledge. This knowledge then in turn is demonstrated as students work on projects, make presentations, develop reports, discuss issues, and dialogue about specific concepts and issues.  Students can use them to learn to think through issues, problem-solve, and develop deeper understanding.”


Implementing the Common Core State Standards: An Action Brief by Achieve, College Summit, and NASSP