NORWALK, Conn. -- The State Department of Education has launched a new website to help parents learn about the Common Core State Standards.
The website is designed to be an online resource for parents looking for information on Common Core and "foster greater public awareness and concrete supports to aid in the implementation of these new college- and career-ready standards," state representatives said.
“This website provides a variety of vetted and useful resources to teachers, administrators, parents, and community members regarding the Common Core. That said, this website is a work in progress and its contents and features will evolve with input from these key stakeholders," said Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor. "It's important that we provide the tools that educators and other stakeholders need in order to help our students reach these college - and career-ready standards. This website is just a part of our effort to support teachers and school leaders as they prepare for the Common Core. In sessions convened by regional educational service centers (RESCs) across the state, we're in the process of training over 1,000 school- and district-based coaches who, in turn, will offer professional development to their teaching colleagues regarding the new standards. We're also sponsoring 'community of practice' sessions in which school and district leaders dialogue and learn about the Common Core. And more supports for educators are on the way."
Adopted by the State Board of Education in 2010, the new expectations "set the bar for what a student should know and be able to do at each grade level," representatives said. In January, the state Department of Education launched its systems of professional learning, which will provide training for 1,400 school district coaches. Direct-training opportunities for teachers will be offered this spring and will continue during the summer.