To The Daily Sun,
The board of the New Hampshire Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (NHASCD), the state's largest professional development organization, supports the Common Core State Standards.
The Common Core Standards outline what students should know and be able to do in reading and mathematics from kindergarten through 12th grade. They align with the knowledge and skills that New Hampshire high school graduates need to be fully ready for college and careers.
They are benchmarked to the standards of top-performing countries and states, and mark the first time that states share a common set of educational goals and expectations for the nation's students. States and local districts develop their own curriculum and instructional activities to address these standards.
To develop these standards, state governors and state commissioners of education collaborated with educators and subject matter specialists. The federal government was not involved with their development, and state adoption is voluntary.
NHASCD is a non-profit organization of over 850 members that sponsors educational conferences and workshops, and is the co-sponsor of the NH Journal of Education.
NHASCD joins organizations such as the N.H. Business and Industry Association and the N.H. Coalition for Business & Education in supporting the Common Core. We appreciate and value the Common Core's rigor and its emphasis on critical thinking, deeper understanding, and more personalized teaching and learning. As New Hampshire schools thoughtfully plan to implement these standards, we believe that all students will become far more successful in college and in their future careers.
The NHASCD Board urges New Hampshire's families, educators, community members, and local school boards to learn more about the expectations of the Common Core standards and then work to actively support their implementation.
Judith Adams, Manchester
Bethany Bernasconi, Windham
Gerard Buteau, Plymouth
William Carozza, Hopkinton
Kim Carter, Manchester
Rebecca Gagnon, Hopkinton
Christopher Harper, Derry
Stephanie Pike, Derry
Roberta Tenney, Concord
Marianne True, Plymouth