Common CoreState Standards

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices in conjunction with the Council of Chief State School Officers released the Common Core State Academic standards in June 2010. These standards ensure that students across the United States are exposed to rigorous content that prepares them to become college and career ready. These standards were collaboratively developed in the areas of English Language Arts and Math, has been internationally benchmarked, and represents educational best practices. Grand Rapids Public Schools has begun the process of aligning the current curriculum and assessments with these new content standards. Social Studies and Science will be released over the next two years.

In 2015, new summative assessments, aligned with the Common Core State standards will replace the current Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) and the Michigan Merit Examination. These assessments, known as the Smarter Balanced Assessments, characterized by the high levels of rigor, problem solving, writing and the embedding of technology standards.

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