The learning requirements for your children throughout the course of a school year could be changing.
Next year, the Common Core Standards are set to take effect in classrooms. In 2010, the state Board of Education adopted the standards to improve the areas of english and math.
It's been billed as the future of education across America, but it depends on who you ask.
The road map of standards was developed by educators across the country. It consists of standards that students are expected to learn at every grade level to get them better prepared for college and ultimately the workforce.
Here's some of the highlights from the Missouri Learning Standards website:
- Build upon the strengths of Missouri's existing state standards
- Are research and evidence based
- Are designed to prepare students to live and work in today's global society
"We need federal standards to make sure if I want to go another state and perhaps for college, that I am not going to be behind those students in that state," says Tom Younker, a student in Monett.
Tom is one of the Common Core supporters. He says it's all about leveling the playing field, something he says doesn't happen at public schools.
"It seems as if no matter how hard I try and how much effort I put into the classroom, my education will still lag behind education from students in another state," he says.
But is making everything the same a good thing? Some parents are grabbing the reins of their child's education and are turning their homes into the classroom.
"I am controlling the methodology. That's one of the reasons why we are home schooling because of the methodology that needs to be used," says Sharlee Lawless.
Sharlee pulled her daughters out of public school in protest over the new academic standards.
"It dumbs them down. It doesn't teach them what they say they are going to teach them. They're not already getting taught what I think they should be taught," she says.
Another concern some voice: What about students who excel in the classroom? Will this one size fits approach work for them?
"If you've taught gifted kids or been around them, one of the characteristics is that they're not common. I believe what you are going to see are behavioral problems manifest and you'll see kids check out," says Mary Byrne with Missouri Coalition Against Common Core.
Missouri is one of 45 states that have signed on for the Common Core Standards. But at least 13 of those states, including Missouri, have seen legislative efforts to stop it.
These standards are not set in stone. Whether you are for or against them, you can contact your local representative to voice your opinion.
Some school districts, like Nixa, have already started implementing Common Core Standards.
For more information on the Common Core, click here: http://www.corestandards.org/
For more information about those against the Common Core, click here: