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Sure, you’ve heard of Common Core Standards, and know that people have very strong opinions either for or against them. Or maybe you know nothing about them; according to a Gallup poll, 62 percent of parents don’t.
Either way, you’re not exactly sure what Common Core is. Raise your hand if you know the actual standards that 45 states have adopted, and how you can tell if your child is where he should be in terms of meeting them?
NBC News and education company Pearson have come together to form Parent Toolkit, a plain-talk, grade-by-grade digital guide to Common Core and benchmarks for each grade. Via the website or a mobile site, parents can drill down by grade to see what the math and English language arts requirements are, and even get sample problems that illustrate the concept. Since parents are also their children’s teachers, the site provides ideas for everyday ways to support what your child’s learning at school. For instance, if he’s working on fractions, give him a real-world lesson by dividing a sandwich. The site is also planning to add social and health and wellness milestones for each grade in 2014.
Another feature we love: parent-teacher conference tips, including a checklist of what parents should do beforehand, what to expect depending on your child’s grade, as well as questions to ask the teacher. You only get a few minutes with your child’s teacher -- this will help you make the most of them.