The Common Core State Standards are not significantly higher or lower than New Hampshire standards, making the transition and alignment process easier than in many other states.
The Common Core State Standards allow us to utilize the many resources that will be developed to support one set of national standards – supports that will be developed for teachers, students, and families – something that NH cannot do by itself.
Adopting the Common Core State Standards allows NH to have a voice in the new assessments being developed to measure the CCSS. This should result in a cost sharing/saving to NH, similar to NECAP, but with a much more robust and 21st century assessment system.
The Common Core State Standards are generally clearer and easier to understand than the current NH standards, including the format.
In mathematics, the CCSS put an emphasis on automaticity of facts and mastery as well as building a solid foundation in number sense before moving on. This is a positive step that will move NH students forward. Analysis of NH data confirms this.
The Common Core State Standards support NH’s current emphasis on the importance of informational reading and writing at all grades, and especially at high school.
The Common Core State Standards support the goal of having more mathematics for all students in high school.
The Common Core State Standards include reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language, and will allow NH to test in some of the areas that were lost to budget restraints.
At kindergarten and grade one, the CCSS are much more specific and helpful to teachers and parents. This fills a gap in the NH standards that were written before kindergarten was mandatory.
21st century technology and media skills are integrated throughout the Common Core.
The Common Core State Standards allow K-12 educators and higher education to work together to hold ALL students accountable for the same standards.
The Common Core State Standards allow us to support families that move during the school-age years – some 46% of all American families. (2000 census)
For more information, go to: www.education.nh.gov/spotlight/k12_ccss.htm.