1. Steeper staircase of text complexity – The level of text complexity increases faster starting at kindergarten all the way through high school so that students can successfully read and analyze college texts.
2. Stronger emphasis on non-fiction and informational texts – Students will read more informational text starting in kindergarten. In middle and high school 70% will be non-fiction and 30% will be fiction.
3. Increase emphasis on text-based questions – Students will be expected to more fully reference, investigate, think critically about text, and make inferences to answer questions.
4. Knowledge in discipline – Students will focus on this more in secondary grades.
5. Academic Vocabulary – Students will be expected to understand necessary vocabulary to be successful in certain disciplines. Students will have to use these vocabulary words in their writing.
6. Writing from sources – Writing is a rare mention in NCLB but writing is as equally important as reading in Common Core Standards. Students will be expected to argue from evidence in sources, write to inform, and covey complex information clearly.
SwSN will be expected to achieve all the Common Core Standards in mainstream classes. In the video the authors of the Common Core Standards provide educators with recommendations on how we can assist SwSN to successfully achieve the Standards. The recommendations were the following:
· Universal Design for Learning (UDL) – This is where educators provide differentiation in their classroom for all students, which in turn will benefit SwSN.
· Instructional Accommodations – This is where educators provide specific differentiation in materials, procedures, and assignments to meet the specific need of the SwSN.
· Assistive Technologies – This is where educators provide SwSN with technology that can assist their learning so that they do not fall behind
We educators need to consider this because we are going to have SwSN and we need to make sure that they are successfully meeting the Common Core Standards.