Kansas Common Core State Standards * Talking Points

Dr. Diane DeBacker
former Kansas Commissioner of Education
Mr. Armando Vilaseca
former Vermont Commissioner of Education
Both currently serving as senior advisors to the Director
General of the Abu Dhabi Education Council
 K.S.A. 72-6439 “The state board shall establish
curriculum standards which reflect high academic
standards for Kansas Education in the core academic
areas of mathematics, science, reading, writing and
social studies.”
 The Kansas curriculum standards shall be reviewed at
least every seven years.
 Vermont SBR 2000 “The Vermont State Board of
Education will implement and periodically update
standards for student learning in appropriate content
areas from kindergarten to grade 12 . . . local school
districts shall use these standards as a basis for the
development and selection of curriculum.”
Spring of 2009
Governors and state commissioners of
education from 48 states, 2 territories and
the District of Columbia committed to
developing a common core of state K-12
English-language arts (ELA) and
mathematics standards.
 48 states (including Kansas and
Vermont), 2 territories and the
District of Columbia
 Coordinated by the National
Governors Association (NGA) and
the Council of Chief State School
Officers (CCSSO).
 The Kansas State Board of
Education formally adopted the
Common Core State Standards for
mathematics and English language
arts on October 12, 2010.
 Vermont did the same in August
 Fewer, clearer, higher
 Aligned with college and work
 Include rigorous content and
application of knowledge through
higher-order skills
 Internationally benchmarked
 Portable across school districts within
states and across and state lines
 Curriculum Review Committees for Math and ELA
November 2009
 Alignment with College and Career Expectations
Gap Analysis Committee
SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium
KBOR Letter of Intent
Public Meetings
Kansas Education Commission
 Standards Comparability
Committee work
Survey of Enacted Curriculum
The Achieve Common Core Comparison Tool
determined by the State Board of Education
determined by the local school districts
(in Kansas and Vermont)
Federal government wrote the
Collaborative effort by 48 states, 2
territories and the District of
The standards were developed with
no input from educators
Kansas formed two committees
(math and English language arts) to
review the standards as they were
made available in draft format.
Hundreds of Kansas educators had
input into the standards.
Vermont had three state staff
members working on the draft
Additional student data will be
No additional student data is
required with the KCCRS
 Reading Standards K-5
K – Ask and answer questions about unknown
words in a text
Grade 1 – Use illustrations and details in a
story to describe its characters, setting, or
Grade 2 – Acknowledge differences in the
points of view of characters, including by
speaking in a different voice for each
character when reading dialogue aloud.
 K- count to 100 by ones and by tens
 Grade 1 – Understand that the two digits
of a two-digit number represent amounts
of tens and ones.
 Grade 2 – Read and write numbers to
1000 using base-ten numbers, number
names, and expanded form.
 Dr. Diane M. DeBacker
 Mr. Armando Vilaseca
Senior Advisors to the Director General of ADEC
PO Box 36005, Abu Dhabi, UAE
+971 02 615 0000