Parents & Students

The HotChalk Education Network gives parents and students the news, information and other resources needed to stay informed about college and career readiness educational standards.

College- and career-ready standards are designed to help make sure graduating high school students meet baseline academic expectations and skills training, regardless of whether they attend college or enter the workforce. This readiness is based on a community-focused approach that begins in childhood and continues through adulthood.

  • College and Career Readiness in the Elementary School Setting

    Working in the elementary school setting, teachers are focused on teaching students those basic skills that build a solid foundation for the rest of their educational career. Discussions about college and a professional career come up randomly, but this is not usually the focus of educators working with 6-year-old kids.

    Read the rest
  • College and Career Readiness: Definition for the 21st Century

    What does it mean to be "college and career ready"? Why have 21st century skills become such a focus for educators, parents, employers and policy makers? The world has changed, and the educational experience hasn’t kept pace with the demands in a competitive, knowledge-based, technology-driven society.

    Read the rest
  • Common Core Controversy: Aligned Assessments

    The Common Core-aligned assessments have been a lightning rod for Common Core controversy. Thousands of families have refused to allow their children to take the the tests, even before official testing has started. What are the key areas in dispute?

    Read the rest
  • How Common Core Will Affect Homework

    As the fighting rages on over the benefits and detriments of the Common Core, classrooms across the country continue to implement the standards into the daily curriculum. In turn, more families experience Common Core through the daily homework that students bring to their houses.

    Read the rest
  • Common Core Assessments: A Parents' Guide

    To take or not to take the test? That is the question, according to some parents concerned about the new Common Core-aligned assessments. The standardized tests, which are designed to measure students’ progress toward mastery of the Common Core State Standards, have become a flashpoint for Common Core controversy. Some parents are opting out of...

    Read the rest
  • Tips for Building an Academic Vocabulary

    The English language arts portion of the Common Core State Standards describes academic vocabulary as words found mostly in academic texts. Most teachers agree that building a robust academic vocabulary is vital for student success in all subject areas.

    Read the rest
  • Parents’ Guide to the Common Core State Standards

    Have you heard of the Common Core State Standards? The Standards are the most buzzed-about movement in education in years. To date, 40+ states plus the District of Columbia and four American territories (Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Northern Mariana Islands) have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which outline learning expectations for students in kindergarten through 12th grade in both math and English language arts.

    Read the rest
  • Common Core History and Timeline

    The process of adopting the Common Core State Standards has evolved over several years through collaborations of state-level education advocates and lawmakers. The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers led the work of creating state-level standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics for students from kindergarten through 12th grade. In 2010, states began joining the Common Core State Standards Initiative after local discussion and passage of legislation. Several states are implementing CCSS while some are delaying implementation.

    Read the rest
  • Common Misconceptions about the Common Core

    Misconceptions about the Common Core State Standards Initiative have fueled widespread controversy. What are the authentic concerns, and what are the myths surrounding implementation of these new state standards? How involved is the federal government in implementing the standards? Who determines the curriculum in the classroom? Why are math and English language arts courses changing?

    Read the rest
  • What are Common Core State Standards?

    The Common Core State Standards Initiative, more commonly called “The Common Core,” has ignited a national conversation about educational standards in the United States. After several years of development, a final version of the Common Core State Standards for English language arts/literacy and mathematics has been adopted by 40+ states and implementation has begun across the country.

    Read the rest
  • College and Career Readiness in the Elementary School Setting

    Working in the elementary school setting, teachers are focused on teaching students those basic skills that build a solid foundation for the rest of their educational career. Discussions about college and a professional career come up randomly, but this is not usually the focus of educators working with 6-year-old kids.

    Read the rest
  • College and Career Readiness: Definition for the 21st Century

    What does it mean to be "college and career ready"? Why have 21st century skills become such a focus for educators, parents, employers and policy makers? The world has changed, and the educational experience hasn’t kept pace with the demands in a competitive, knowledge-based, technology-driven society.

    Read the rest
  • Common Core Controversy: Aligned Assessments

    The Common Core-aligned assessments have been a lightning rod for Common Core controversy. Thousands of families have refused to allow their children to take the the tests, even before official testing has started. What are the key areas in dispute?

    Read the rest
  • How Common Core Will Affect Homework

    As the fighting rages on over the benefits and detriments of the Common Core, classrooms across the country continue to implement the standards into the daily curriculum. In turn, more families experience Common Core through the daily homework that students bring to their houses.

    Read the rest
  • Common Core Assessments: A Parents' Guide

    To take or not to take the test? That is the question, according to some parents concerned about the new Common Core-aligned assessments. The standardized tests, which are designed to measure students’ progress toward mastery of the Common Core State Standards, have become a flashpoint for Common Core controversy. Some parents are opting out of...

    Read the rest
  • Tips for Building an Academic Vocabulary

    The English language arts portion of the Common Core State Standards describes academic vocabulary as words found mostly in academic texts. Most teachers agree that building a robust academic vocabulary is vital for student success in all subject areas.

    Read the rest
  • Parents’ Guide to the Common Core State Standards

    Have you heard of the Common Core State Standards? The Standards are the most buzzed-about movement in education in years. To date, 40+ states plus the District of Columbia and four American territories (Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Northern Mariana Islands) have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which outline learning expectations for students in kindergarten through 12th grade in both math and English language arts.

    Read the rest
  • Common Core History and Timeline

    The process of adopting the Common Core State Standards has evolved over several years through collaborations of state-level education advocates and lawmakers. The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers led the work of creating state-level standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics for students from kindergarten through 12th grade. In 2010, states began joining the Common Core State Standards Initiative after local discussion and passage of legislation. Several states are implementing CCSS while some are delaying implementation.

    Read the rest
  • Common Misconceptions about the Common Core

    Misconceptions about the Common Core State Standards Initiative have fueled widespread controversy. What are the authentic concerns, and what are the myths surrounding implementation of these new state standards? How involved is the federal government in implementing the standards? Who determines the curriculum in the classroom? Why are math and English language arts courses changing?

    Read the rest
  • What are Common Core State Standards?

    The Common Core State Standards Initiative, more commonly called “The Common Core,” has ignited a national conversation about educational standards in the United States. After several years of development, a final version of the Common Core State Standards for English language arts/literacy and mathematics has been adopted by 40+ states and implementation has begun across the country.

    Read the rest