Mondays public forum is intended to clarify any misconceptions for CCSD parents

If you are the parent of a student in the Crook County School District and have questions about the new Common Core Standards, then there’s a Monday-evening meeting you should plan on attending.

The Crook County School District (CCSD) will host a “parents’ information meeting” this Monday, Sept. 23, at 6:30 p.m., in Crook County High School’s auditorium. The meeting is intended to provide more information on the Common Core State Standards and what they mean for children in the CCSD.

Superintendent Duane Yecha, in his letter to parents dated Sept. 9, stated that “The Common Core Standards simply define what foundational skills our students should have mastered at each grade in order to be on track to graduate ready for college and a career. As a parent, the new standards provide you a clearer picture of how prepared your child is for his or her next steps.”

Developed by educators, parents, and educational experts from around the U.S., Oregon has been involved in every step of the Common Core State Standard’s development and adoption. These are not federal standards. They were developed by Oregon for Oregonians.

Nevertheless, there has been some confusion and misconceptions about what Common Core is all about. The public forum is designed to dispel this confusion.

“The community should come because the common core represents a shift in how we look at learning and increased rigor and interconnectedness of subjects. Also, there is a lot of misinformation and hyperbole in some of the media and those who are interested should come to get the facts from those involved with developing and implementing it,” said Patti Norris, CCSD Board Chair.

The meeting is being billed as an information sharing meeting. To help parents understand the Common Core State Standards better, representatives from the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and the High Desert Education Service District (HDESD) will give a presentation on what the Standards are — and what they are not.

There will also be an opportunity for members of the audience to ask questions and share their comments with the presenters.

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