What Is Common Core?
Common Core State Standards (CCSS or Common Core) is a set of standards, not a curriculum. CCSS provides alignment with national and international standards to meet 21st century education and workplace needs. Additionally, shared goals and expectations for knowledge and skills are provided to help students succeed. Ultimately, CCSS is designed to prepare students for college and their careers.
The diocese and local schools decide how standards will be met within their individual curriculum. Holy Spirit School is now multiple years into the implementation of CCSS standards.
How Does HSS Use CCSS?
CCSS is used in English Language Arts (ELA) and math from kindergarten through the eight grade. Shifts in ELA incorporate reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in science, social studies, religion, and more. Staff professional development is provided by the diocese and outside experts. Additionally, HSS has invested in new ELA and mathematics curriculum materials that are aligned with CCSS. Finally, our teachers at HSS have and continue to actively engage in collaboration with peers at HSS and within the diocese.
For additional information on how HSS applies the CCSS standards within our curriculum, see below (under the "Where To Learn More" section) for details on kindergarten through fourth grades and fifth through eighth grades.
Where To Learn More
Any parents who wish to learn more about CCSS should visit the "What parents should know" page on the Common Core State Standards Initiative website.
- Learn more about how the Common Core was developed at the "About the Standards" page
- See what's different about the Common Core compared to previous state standards at the "Key Shifts in Mathematics" and "Key Shifts in English language Arts" pages
- Get the facts about Common Core on the "Myths vs. Facts" page
- Get more answers on the "Frequently Asked Questions" page
Kindergarten Through Fourth Grades
The purpose of CCSS in grades K-4 is to improve critical thinking and problem solving in any context; as well as prepare students for workforce skills that our world demands.
Six Key Shifts in ELA
Fifth Through Eighth Grades
Reading (informational and literary)