Madison City PTA Luncheon on Common Core Standards

MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) — Common Core Standards continue to spark fires across the state. Madison City Schools PTA hosts monthly luncheons to discuss topics that are of interest to the parents. Today, the Standards were on the agenda.

The luncheon didn’t focus on whether or not the standards are right for our children.
The focus was what it merely looks like in Madison City Schools. “I think most of the people that were here were very comfortable with the College and Career Ready Standards, they understand the depth of knowledge you get with the new standards,” said Camille Wright, the Director of Instruction for Madison City Schools.

Wright said the standards allows students to grasp concepts on a deeper level. ” They apply them to real world situations, where we feel like this is going to transcend different assessments, its going to make them more college and career ready,” she said.

Despite a mostly positive response at the Madison City School Board of Education, controversy over the standards has heightened recently statewide. “I think a lot of the misconception comes from the fact that the resources that people use to teach the standards are varied,” said Wright.  “In Madison City, we use resources that we feel reflect the needs of the community, the wishes of the community, so the standards are no more than use the Pythagorean theorem in a real world situation, now how you choose to teach that could be different.”

Alabama College and Career Ready Standards have 15 percent added to the Common Core Ctandards. At the district level, you choose your curriculum. “We may add additional standards that we feel are important to our districts, so if we want our students to have additional knowledge, we certainly can add those standards so its very much tailored to the districts.”

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