**What are Common Core State Standards and why were they created?**

In October of 2010, the Oregon Department of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards. These standards outline what students should learn each year and were created to prepare students with skills needed for college and entry level occupations upon completion of high school. The CCSS provides states consistent learning goals and aligned curriculum to meet benchmark standards. It also provides a consistent set of standards that allows students to move between schools and states (Oregon CCSS Fact Sheet, 2011).

**Instruction time in our classroom will focus on four areas:**

- Connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems.
- Completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers.
- Writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations.
- Developing understanding of statistical thinking. (Oregon.gov, 2017)

**How will the CCSS impact our classroom?**

Our class will follow the Common Core State Standards as a guideline for instruction. The CCSS standards develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. These guidelines are aligned with the Smarter Balanced State Assessments in the spring and will ensure that students will be prepared for success in these tests (Common Core State Standards Initiative, 2017).

For additional information:

http://www.oregon.gov/ode/educator-resources/standards/Pages/default.aspx

http://www.corestandards.org/what-parents-should-know/

Please contact me with any questions or concerns:

teresa.wydronek@corvallis.k12.or.us

References

*Common Core State Standards Initiative*. (2017). Retrieved from http://www.corestandards.org/

*Oregon CCSS Fact Sheet*. (2011). Retrieved from Oregon Department of Education: http://www.oregon.gov/ode/educator-resources/standards/mathematics/Documents/commoncorefactsheet.pdf

*Oregon.gov*. (2017). Retrieved from http://www.oregon.gov/ode/educator-resources/standards/Pages/default.aspx