Three Things About the Common Core State Standards
As Albert Einstein once said, “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think." As parents, you only want the best for your children. Here in Dubai, prioritizing the education of our children is paramount and justifiably one of the most stressful but important things that you must monitor. In Three Things About the Common Core State Standards, we explore frequent questions that parents have about the new educational standards and how they are impacting American curriculum schools in Dubai.
What are the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)?
The Common Core State Standards are a 2009 United States (US) educational initiative that details what Kindergarten through 12th grade students should know in English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects, and Mathematics at the end of each grade. Led by the US National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and developed in partnership with educators and educational leadership organizations nationwide, this state-based initiative strives to establish consistent education standards across all US states and ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter higher education or the workforce.
How do the Common Core State Standards impact American curriculum schools in Dubai?
In order to be categorized as an American curriculum school in Dubai, a school must meet a list of mandatory requirements established by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), which is the emirate’s private school regulation and inspection authority. The requirement areas include curriculum, assessment and graduation requirements, staffing and personnel, and accreditation, which are monitored by KHDA’s Dubai School Inspection Bureau (DSIB). KHDA clearly states, “Curriculum expectations must meet or exceed the US Common Core Standards.” In effect, all schools must employ the CCSS in order to be classified as an American curriculum school in Dubai.
According to DSIB monitoring data for American curriculum schools in the 2013-14 academic year, as of November 2014, 23 of the 30 American curriculum schools in Dubai are on the spectrum of having already implemented CCSS, in the process of implementing, or in the planning stages.
In November 2014, Dubai-based educational company KDSL conducted a survey among Dubai teachers and administrators to tabulate their perceptions of CCSS and its implementation at American curriculum schools in the emirate. The results are available for review on the KDSL Website.
How can parents learn more about the Common Core State Standards?
In April 2014, KDSL released a white paper entitled Three Things Every Parent Should Know About American Curriculum Schools in Dubai, which can serve as a guide for parents. In January 2015, KDSL published Common Core State Standards Implementation in Dubai’s American Curriculum Schools, which is a white paper that highlights CCSS implementation in the US and in Dubai and spotlights implementation resources for educators and administrators.
You can also visit the main CCSS Website at www.corestandards.org. For additional information, please view:
- What Parents Should Know
- Three-minute Video Explaining the Common Core State Standards
- Myths vs. Facts
KDSL will host the second annual American curriculum Parent Forum on March 19 at Collegiate American School in Umm Suqeim. If you have questions about CCSS or are interested in attending the Parent Forum, please email us.Kevin Simpson
KDSL is a Dubai-based education company founded by Kevin Simpson and Alison Burrows, professional American educators and entrepreneurs. KDSL partners with organizations around the world to increase student achievement, teacher knowledge, and leadership in education.