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Common Core State Standards


Dr. Ryan Kelley

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction


Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, students across the country will notice a change in state standardized testing. Rather than each state having their own standards and tests, states will have one common core set of standards and will be participating in one common national test. Michigan, along with 46 other states, has adopted the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS). As a result of the CCSS, local school districts will have to adjust their daily methods of instruction and methods of assessment to align with the new national test. In preparation for the transition to common standards, RPS will be involving teachers, administrators, parents and students.

Departments of Education are promoting the purpose of implementing the CCSS as a method to raise the level of rigor and relevance for our students. Implementation of the CCSS will better prepare our students by allowing them to acquire the knowledge and skills that are needed to meet the demands of college and/or workforce in the 21st Century.

It is believed that there will be drastic changes to the new national test, including the students being required to take the test on a computer, on-line. Additionally, the test will be adaptive, meaning that each student will have a different set of questions because each question is determined by whether the previous question was answered correctly.

In conclusion, the new national test will begin in the 2014-15 school year. In preparation, it will be important for parents to be actively involved and assist in the communication with their children related to the purpose of the test and how the test will change. If you have any questions on the transition to the Common Core State Standards, please contact me at 863-6556, or contact your child’s principal.


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