SOURCE: Paul Werth Associates

Paul Werth Associates

August 23, 2013 14:21 ET

Education Expert Releases Five Classroom Trends for Parents in Response to Gallup Data on the Common Core

TARRYTOWN, NY--(Marketwired - August 23, 2013) -  Nearly two in three people in the United States have never heard of the Common Core State Standards, according to a Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll released earlier this week. Marshall Cavendish Education released the top five trends parents need to know as the new standards are implemented in their children's classrooms.

Currently adopted by 45 states and Washington D.C., the Common Core State Standards are a new, robust system that establishes a set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in language arts and mathematics.

"This school year is a critical time for parents and their children as states prepare for the transition to the Common Core," said Christopher Coyne, senior education consultant at Marshall Cavendish Education, a co-developer of the Singapore Approach, which heavily influenced the new Common Core State Standards for mathematics. "For that reason, it is important that parents understand what the new standards mean for their children's education."

Coyne, a 30-year veteran teacher and principal, said parents should expect to see at least five changes in schools across the nation in 2013 and 2014:

1. New techniques for teaching math: The Common Core State Standards will focus less on memorization while encouraging students to develop strong critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. These new methods of learning math will, in some ways, look much different from how parents learned math.

2. Management of expectations: The assessments to measure student achievement will make it difficult to compare student performance year-over-year. Education leaders will be reaching out to parents this school year to make sure they understand how the changes will impact their children's test scores next year.

3. New resources aligned with the Common Core State Standards: As schools throughout the country go through the textbook adoption process to ensure classroom materials are fully aligned with the Common Core State Standards, they will have access to the latest educational resources to deploy into classrooms.

4. Increased use of technology: Apps, tablets and smart boards are becoming standard in American classrooms, and blended learning programs are becoming a popular way to implement the new standards. Digital learning curricula, such as Marshall Cavendish Education's Math Buddies program, offer schools an opportunity to get the latest updates to educational resources that would otherwise mean major investment in traditional textbook programs. For parents, this means their children will have greater access to technology, including computer labs.

5. A greater emphasis on teacher preparation: The new standards offer an opportunity for the most seasoned educator to learn new teaching tools in his or her area of focus. As a result, the 2013-2014 school year will be a time for teachers and school districts to heighten focus on in-service days and provide in-class professional development to ensure educators are prepared.

"Parents should never hesitate to ask questions about this new process and how they can best support their children as the Common Core are implemented," said Coyne. "This is a great opportunity for schools and parents to work together to make this time of transition a launch for greater student achievement."

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About Marshall Cavendish Education

Marshall Cavendish Education is a global provider of holistic education curricula that help teachers become facilitators and students to be critical thinkers. The company's products reach across the globe with materials in 11 languages being used by educators and students in more than 50 countries, including the United States. Marshall Cavendish Education is revolutionizing learning and teaching with the Singapore Approach, which teaches concepts using concrete, pictorial and abstract learning progression to anchor learning in real world, hands-on experience. For more information, visit mymathbuddies.com.

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