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Common Core State Standards

Smithfield Public Schools Common Core Task Force

Jenn Pushee

Patrice Martinelli

Andrea Pleau

Adel Cabral

Vinnie Zibelli

Kerissa Roderick

Sharon Mariotti

Robin Taylor

Linda Carley

Robin Behringer

Amanda Grundel

Erin Arndt

Lorna Giarrusso



Smithfield's Transition to the Common Core State Standards and PARCC

Mission Statement

CCSS and Curriculum Development Transitioning to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is a monumental initiative that will require time, patience, and perseverance! In Smithfield, we are fortunate to have such talented and dedicated educators to lead the way as we work toward aligning our curricula to the CCSS, developing common assessments, and embracing the required shifts in our practice that will be necessary to prepare all students for college and careers. We have already accomplished a great deal!
  • K-5 CCSS Reading Curriculum
  • 6-12 CCSS ELA Curriculum (ongoing)
  • K-12 CCSS Math Curriculum (ongoing)
During the 2012-13 school year, we will be fully implementing the K-5 Reading Curriculum and a new phonological/phonemic awareness/phonics/spelling program in our K-2 classrooms. As we continue throughout the school year, we will be examining the 6-12 CCSS ELA and K-12 CCSS Math Curricula to reflect upon the sequencing, unit contents, and lessons. As we do so, we will be asking our teachers to capture/document the units and lessons you create and teach (aligned to CCSS and our new curriculum) using a template that will be shared. An “all hands on deck” approach will provide all teachers will an opportunity to be integral participants in the curriculum development process! As we embark on the 2012-13 school year, it is critical that we share our expectations for your roles in transitioning to the CCSS and our new curricula. We ask that you continue to delve into the CCSS and take advantage of every opportunity to deepen your understanding of the changes and the impact they have on your practice. We also need you to read and, to the greatest extent possible, adhere to the new curricula. Recognizing that we have not yet identified all of the resources and materials that complement our new curricula, we need you to be adventurous explorers- seek out the best resources you can find and then capture how, when, and why you are using them. Finally, be active participants in building our curricula by collaborating and sharing. This is an exciting time in education today. We will be successful as we link arms and work diligently to create high-quality curricula and deliver highly-effective instruction to our students.    



About the Standards

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce.

The NGA Center and CCSSO received initial feedback on the draft standards from national organizations representing, but not limited to, teachers, postsecondary educators (including community colleges), civil rights groups, English language learners, and students with disabilities. Following the initial round of feedback, the draft standards were opened for public comment, receiving nearly 10,000 responses.

The standards are informed by the highest, most effective models from states across the country and countries around the world, and provide teachers and parents with a common understanding of what students are expected to learn. Consistent standards will provide appropriate benchmarks for all students, regardless of where they live.

These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs. The standards:

  • Are aligned with college and work expectations;
  • Are clear, understandable and consistent;
  • Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;
  • Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards;
  • Are informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society

CCSS Frequently Asked Questions

CCSS Voices of Support

The Standards

CCSS Resources


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.