Monday, April 8, 2013

How is the Common Core Like Burger King? States Can Have it Their Way!

Hello teachers! The common core crunch is coming. My own school is implementing them for all grades in the 2013-2014 school year. The state of California has added several standards to the national ones, and modified a handful. Several other states have done the same. Most are using the national standards as is.

To make a silly analogy: It's a little like every participating state is ordering a Common Core Whopper. Some are taking them as they are right off the menu while others are adding and subtracting ingredients. Tomato? No thanks. Mayo? Extra, please.

This is a working list of states that have modified the national common core standards and those that haven't. As I learn more and make more customizations for the various states, I'll update this list.

States that have added or modified the common core standards.
  • California
  • Massachusetts - the Bay State has made just a handful of changes to the ELA substandards - no changes to the main standards. The math standards are unchanged for grades k-5.
  • Minnesota - Minnesota has made about fifteen additions to the ELA standards. They haven't adopted the Common Core Standards for math because their own state standards are more rigorous than the Common Core. The North Star State's math standards are very different from the national Common Core.
  • New York
  • North Carolina hasn't added anything to their standards for the regular classroom. But they do have an "Extended Common Core." In the Extended Common Core, the standard is rewritten in a simpler more direct language. The Extended Common Core is for "Students With the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities." Ref
  • Pennsylvania - the Quaker State has made big changes to the National Common Core standards. They have reordered and renumbered them. Many of the standards are still identical to the national ones, but the order and numeric identifications are all different. At this time, I can't make customizations for Pennsylvania, but my posters as is will cover 95% of the state standards.
States that have not added to or modified the common core standards.
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Ohio
  • Massachusett
  • Michigan