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 The Importance of the Common Core Standards

‚ÄčEducators across San Diego County and the nation are working diligently to implement the new Common Core State Standards, which are important to students in the district for a number of reasons.

The standards are tied to college and career readiness more than previous state standards were.

They also represent the first time than such a large number of states have set common expectations for what students should know and be able to do by the time they graduate high school. A total of 45 states, including California, have voluntarily adopted the standards. The standards are internationally benchmarked, matching the expectations of nations with the highest-performing students.

"This move is going to make us more competitive globally," said Jameson Rienick, mathematics coordinator with the San Diego County Office of Education. "The standards will help us produce more scientists, engineers and mathematicians."

High standards that are consistent from state to state give parents, students and educators a clear set of expectations that will better prepare students for college and the careers of the 21st century. They promote equity by ensuring all students, no matter where they live, are well prepared with the skills and knowledge necessary to collaborate and compete with their peers in the United States and abroad.

"It's our moral obligation to prepare this generation for the world in which they will live, a world that is rapidly changing," said Scott Sypkens, senior director of curriculum and instruction at the San Diego County Office of Education.

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort that established a single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics.

The new standards are particularly important considering the rapid growth of technology, changing world economy, increasing demands in the job market and number of students who need remedial classes in college.