Home

Mission Statement of the Common Core State Standards


The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.


Three Minute Video to Explain the Common Core

Letter from the Superintendent

Dear Region 6 Families:

You may be aware that school districts across Connecticut are transitioning to Common Core State Standards.  This initiative, and subsequent next-generation testing, is often described as a “sea-change” in education.  In order to ensure that Region 6, its staff, and its students, are well-prepared to fully implement the standards and next-generation testing,  Superintendent Drapp, with approval from the Board of Education, appointed Colette Bennett and Tracy Keilty to lead the district’s efforts in these two crucial areas . Mrs. Bennett and Mrs. Keilty will also be responsible for establishing a communication link between the district and parents, so that parents are informed about the district’s progress.

History of the Common Core State Standards

The Common Core refers to academic standards developed in 2009 to provide “a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.” These standards were adopted by 45 states, including Connecticut in 2010, for grades k-12 in Mathematics and English/Language Arts.

According to the Common Core website,

“The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.” www.corestandards.org


These standards are organized in a progressive sequence of skills to facilitate student understanding and ensure a smooth transition from grade level to grade level and from school to school. 



Common Core Implementation in Region 6

The Common Core State Standards is not a curriculum.  In Region 6, curriculum is written by teachers and reflects our values and beliefs of what students should know and be able to do. Furthermore, the Common Core State Standards do not dictate the manner in which curriculum must be taught nor the materials, supplies, or textbooks that may be used.  In fact, Region 6 teachers have the opportunity to select the resources and instructional strategies that best meet the needs of the students.  Our teacher designed curriculum supports aligned units and lessons in all subject areas.


Furthermore, this year teachers will be reviewing next generation assessments (ie., Smarter Balanced) so that students are prepared to meet or exceed the benchmarks of the Common Core State Standards.  


Parents will be updated regularly and provide resources, including a link on the www.rsd6.org website, to access.  We believe the Common Core State Standards will raise student achievement in Region 6, demonstrating our motto of Quality, Academics, and Pride.


Respectfully,


Edward Drapp Tracy Keilty Colette Bennett