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Common Core State Standards


Here are a few links containing additional information, including details on what each child will be expected to know and do in each grade and tips for parents:

By implementing the Common Core State Standards, Canyons schools have committed to devoting more time and resources to preparing your child for college and the real world. The rigorous, research-based, and internationally benchmarked standards are designed to:
  • Align with the expectations of colleges and the modern workforce
  • Build upon states’ decades-long efforts to craft high-quality education standards
  • Provide a clear understanding of what students should know and be able to do at each grade level
  • Give parents and teachers tools to help students stay on the college- and career-ready path


The Canyons Board of Education has approved the following implementation timeline:

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        • 2010-2011: Grades K-6
        • 2011-2012: Grades 7 and 8
        • 2012-2013: Grade 9
        • 2013-2014: Grade 10
        • 2014-2015: Grade 11

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          • 2011-2012: Grades 7 - 11
          • 2012-2013: Grades K - 6


How Will The Standards Change What My Child Is Learning?

Utah standards sometimes have been characterized as “a mile wide and an inch deep,” meaning many topics are introduced to students without opportunities for in-depth application. The Common Core State Standards will do the opposite. They focus instruction on critical skills to better prepare students for real world challenges. They specify what students needs to know and do at each grade level. They allow deeper instruction, give students more time to master each skill before moving on to the next concept, and introduce each skill in sequence to lead naturally to higher-level thinking and analysis. The new standards also will help students who may change schools during the academic year, because all schools will focus on the same sequence and goals.

Will My Child Be Able to Take Algebra and Geometry?

Absolutely — starting in kindergarten. Higher-level math concepts are embedded in K-12 instruction. While math courses offered in secondary schools no longer will carry names to which we’ve become accustomed in Utah, such as Algebra or Geometry, they will expand upon geometric and algebraic concepts students have been learning all along.

Will The Standards Be Too Rigorous For My Child Who Is Struggling?

No. Teachers will receive ongoing training and support so they can tailor their instruction to meet student needs and more quickly identify students who need additional attention. Because the standards are fewer and more in-depth, teachers will be better able to prevent children from falling behind.

How Will The Standards Further My Advanced Student’s Progress?

All Canyons middle and high schools will continue to offer Advanced Placement and Concurrent Enrollment courses. They also will offer tailored Honors courses to further the depth of each child’s understanding of content. In elementary school, teachers will receive ongoing training and support to help them tailor instruction to meet the needs of all students and provide greater depth and complexity to advanced learners.

Are The Standards A National Curriculum?

No. The standards were developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National Governors Association, and a highly respected research team at Achieve, Inc., and are supported by the National PTA and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  They specify what students need to know and be able to do at each grade level to become college- and career-ready. In other words, the standards articulate expectations and results, not the manner in which content is taught.

How Will The District Prepare Teachers To Implement The New Standards?

The District is sponsoring math endorsement courses, intensive Professional Development Academies, teacher coaches and other supports to ensure teachers are able to fully implement the standards.
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