Resources for Parents
Parents always have been and always will be a primary influence in a child’s education. That’s why Common Core was created with input from parents around the country. Now parents who move across the country will have the confidence that their children will have learned the same concepts in the same grade as other students. These resources provide factual information to help parents navigate the implementation of higher standards.
Californians Dedicated to Education (CDE) has produced a toolkit, "to support communicators in framing the issues that surround Common Core implementation." The toolkit contains talking points, frequently asked questions, and other materials to help communicate the importance of Common Core. There is also a helpful video.
In partnership with the Colorado PTA, family and community guides to the Colorado Academic Standards for grades K-5 (in both English and Spanish) have been created to help families and communities across Colorado better understand the goals and outcomes of the Colorado Academic Standards. The guides describe the “big picture” purpose of the standards, as road maps to help ensure that all Colorado students graduate ready for life, college, and careers. See the guides at the Colorado Department of Education.
Common Core is working in Montana, and teachers are excited to see children thriving. This is the message of the Montanans for the Common Core Video Project. You can follow along at Twitter with the hashtag #MTforCore. For more information, visit the Montana Office of Public Instruction.
The National Urban League has developed a toolkit for parents and advocates to support the Common Core, including state-specific fact sheets for several states. The site also discusses why the National Urban League supports Common Core.
As Idaho continues to implement Idaho Core Standards, the State Department of Education has launched a website full of useful information, Q&A, and other materials that can be helpful for parents, students, educators, and more.
Higher Ed for Higher Standards is a growing coalition of college and university leaders from across the country who believe that college- and career-ready standards, including the Common Core State Standards, are critical to improving student success in K-12 and beyond.
While support for Common Core runs through all political spectrums, the Foundation for Excellence in Education created Conservatives for Higher Standards to lay out the conservative arguments in favor of Common Core, and demonstrate the strong support for the higher standards among Republican leaders, such as Gov. Christie and former Govs. Bush and Huckabee.
National PTA Parents’ Guide to Student Success was designed to inform parents about the Common Core and how to support their children’s success. The guide outlines the key concepts that students should be learning in each grade in English language arts/literacy and mathematics, methods for building relationships with teachers, and tips for planning for college and career. The guides are available in both English and Spanish.
Pressed for time? This three-minute video explains why Common Core was created and how higher standards will help students prepare for college and career. The style and accessible language make these videos well-suited for presentations to community and parent groups. Produced by the Council of Great City Schools. For more videos, visit our Videos page
The Aspen Institute developed The Common Core State Standards: An Introduction for Families and Other Stakeholders to help explain what the standards are and why they are important for improving public education. The publication is available in both English and Spanish.
For parents interested in the specific standards at a grade-by-grade level, the Council of the Great City Schools has provided Parent Roadmaps. Available for both English Language Arts and Literacy and Mathematics, these roadmaps provide grade-by-grade information about the expectations of Common Core standards, including examples of topics and content at each grade level and tips on supporting learning at home. They are all available in both English and Spanish.
Get to The Core, produced by Stand for Children, walks through what the standards are, and how they are being implemented in each state. The site also give information for teachers, including the voices of teachers speaking about how Common Core has helped them in their classroom.