Teachers have been asking: When will CPS provide guidance regarding Common Core State Standards (CCSS)? The wait is over – teachers have received the first versions of the CPS Content Frameworks for Literacy and Mathematics. These Framework documents bring the district one step closer to the implementation of the CCSS throughout Chicago Public Schools starting next school year. Read the frameworks below:
CCSS describes what students should know and be able to do at every grade level in mathematics and literacy in order to be prepared for college and career and to succeed in a global society. CCSS have been adopted by nearly every state across the nation, sets a high bar for proficiency in literacy and mathematics and are organized to provide deeper, clearer and more consistent expectations of students.
The CPS Framework documents were built in collaboration with the teachers of our Early Adopter pilot schools, and the district is grateful for their tireless efforts in designing these Framework documents. The Frameworks not only make clear the expectations for implementation of the standards, but also provide a toolset of resources to help teachers get started. CPS believes that teacher teams are best positioned to design instruction for their students in their classrooms and hopes that these tools support teachers in doing so.
In addition to sending out the Framework documents to our teachers, the Common Core Team at CPS also recently completed a video that features CPS teachers, principals and leaders discussing how the move to CCSS will increase the level of rigor in classrooms across the district and help students become truly prepared for college and careers in the 21st century.
Teachers will have the opportunity to jump start their planning this summer with the use of two “flexible” professional development days. This planning time will allow teachers to become familiar with the Content Frameworks and begin planning their instruction to ensure a strong start to the school year.
The implementation of the Common Core represents a significant step forward for the district in boosting the academic success of CPS students. Be sure the go to the CPS Common Core website for additional information.