Benefits to Colorado’s Children
Internationally Benchmarked Standards.
The CCSS, like Colorado’s
standards in all content areas, are informed by standards in top performing
countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global
economy and society.
High Standards for All Students.
The design principles and
instructional shifts within the CCSS reflect the priorities and intent of
CAP4K in terms of focus, coherence, and rigor.
- Focus: The focus of the CCSS on fewer, clearer, and higher expectations meets the intent of CAP4K to identify
key knowledge and skills students need for college and career success.
- Coherence: As the drafters of CAP4K intended, the CCSS
provide a coherent set of expectations, aligning learning goals from
preschool through postsecondary education.
- Rigor: The rigor reflected within the CCSS assures that
Colorado students will be postsecondary and workforce ready, a major
goal of CAP4K.
Consistent Student Learning in a Mobile Society.
provide more stability for mobile students.
- The CCSS provide consistent, shared learning targets for each grade
level for students across schools, districts, and states.
- Clear expectations across each county, state and nation helps create
stability for students who move often due to economic and personal
reasons. Colorado’s military presence alone, warrants as much
consistency as possible for mobile families serving our country.
Benefits to Colorado’s Schools and Districts
Higher Quality Instructional Materials.
Colorado benefits from
the shared standards that drive the development of high-quality educational
materials. Through cross-state collaborative efforts, Colorado educators and
children benefit from commercially and privately developed instructional
resources designed to align to the shared standards rather than having to
use resources developed for larger markets (i.e., California or New York).
Better, More Focused Professional Development.
development through professional organizations can now be focused on shared
goals for students, allowing focused, coherent learning for educators.
Cross State Collaboration.
Collaboration across the nation is
enhanced when educators are using the same standards and a common language.
Colorado educators can now collaborate across state lines because Colorado
now shares the same standards as 43 other states. Common resources can be
co-developed by educators from multiple states, enhancing the effectiveness
of educators and the quality of learning tools.