For DoDEA students, the implementation of college and career ready (CCR) standards in the areas of mathematics and literacy sets a foundation for even greater student success and growth. The CCR standards, based in large part on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), set grade-by-grade learning expectations for students in grades K-12. This supports a cohesive education for the highly-mobile military-connected student.
While DoDEA and state school systems have had standards for more than 15 years, the College and Career Ready Standards are identical in the majority of states. They establish clear, consistent and high learning goals and are more focused on preparing students for success in college and career. As our extremely mobile students move into, out of, and around our school system, the continuity of standards presents an extraordinary opportunity for academic development. No matter where or when they move, our students will know that the standards and expectations have not changed.
Education standards are statements of common understanding about what students should know and be able to demonstrate at specific grade levels, by providing clear goals for measuring student learning. Education standards serve as beginning points for teachers when they make decisions about what students need to learn. In a standards-based system, education standards serve as the foundation to which curriculum, instruction and assessment are aligned.
DoDEA schools will transition to CCR standards in mathematics and literacy in a phased approach over the next five years. As we begin this multi-year, phased transition, we do so with access to nationally developed resources of education partners in state education systems across the United States. For DoDEA, significant change with regard to College and Career Ready Standards will be increasing math expectations for all students in grades K-12 and math high school graduation requirements. College and career ready standards are designed to be relevant to the real world, allow students to master more critical-thinking and unique problem-solving skills, and to reflect the knowledge, skills and social foundations that our students need for success in both college and work.